Bill Aims to Provide Free Child Care for Some Veterans

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA)– A new bill is making its way through Congress with the goal of making life easier for some veterans.

The Veterans Access to Child Care Act would provide free child care for veterans who are receiving consistent health care from the VA.

This comes after a survey found that more than 10 percent of veterans had to cancel or reschedule appointments because they lacked child care.
 
The proposed bill calls for the VA to provide child care on site or give veterans a stipend for the cost of care.
 
A pilot program to address the issue was created at some VA’s in 2011.
 
If passed, the Veterans Access to Child Care Act would make those programs permanent.
 
Chuck Adkins, a Commander for the Military of the Purple Heart Organization says his team sponsored this bill.
 
“One of our primary missions within the Military of the Purple Heart is to ensure that not just those of us who have recieved the Purple Heart, but all veterans who have served our great nation, recieve the benefits that they earned,” Adkins said.
 
Right now the bill has passed through the United States House, and needs the approval of the Senate and the signature of the President to be put into action.

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