Gosar Sponsors Legislation Supporting Veterans

This week I cosponsored the TEAM Veterans Caregivers Act.  This legislation takes three steps to increase efficiency, transparency, and accountability in the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) family caregivers program. First, it will formally recognize all caregivers of veterans by identifying them in the health records of the veteran. Second, it will require the VA to include specific information when notifying veterans and caregivers regarding any clinical determinations made relating to the downgrade or termination of family caregivers benefits. Lastly, it will extend the family caregivers program benefits for 90 days when a veteran is no longer clinically eligible for the program, with exclusions to protect against fraud and abuse.

Caregivers assume enormous responsibilities by caring for our wounded veterans. Unfortunately, the bureaucratic hurdles veterans and caregivers must go through are cumbersome and inefficient. I’m proud to cosponsor this bill which will increase efficiency, transparency, and accountability in the Department of Veterans Affairs’ family caregivers program.

I also cosponsored the TBI and PTSD Treatment Act, legislation that directs the VA to provide Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) for veterans with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.  HBOT is an effective, non-invasive therapeutic that can help improve the quality of life and help heal the hidden wounds too offered suffered by veterans.  It is imperative that the VA make this treatment available as soon as possible.

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