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Introduced in House (12/05/2013)


113th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 3672


To amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify that caregivers for veterans with serious illnesses are eligible for assistance and support services provided by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

December 5, 2013

Mr. Ruiz (for himself and Mr. Nugent) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs


A BILL

To amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify that caregivers for veterans with serious illnesses are eligible for assistance and support services provided by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Support our Services to Veterans Caregivers Act” or the “S.O.S. Veterans Caregivers Act”.

SEC. 2. Improvements to services provided to caregivers of veterans.

(a) Caregivers of veterans with serious illnesses.—Paragraph (2)(B) of section 1720G(a) of title 38, United States Code, is amended by inserting “illness or” after “serious”.

(b) Assessing caregiver and veteran burden and satisfaction.—

(1) SURVEY.—Paragraph (3)(A)(ii) of such section is amended—

(A) in subclause (IV), by striking “; and” and inserting a semicolon;

(B) in subclause (V), by striking the period at the end and inserting “; and”; and

(C) by adding at the end the following new subclause:

“(VI) not less than annually, a multidimensional assessment to measure, in both objective and subjective terms, the burden and strain felt by the family caregiver.”.

(2) REPORTS.—Section 101(c)(2)(B) of the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010 (38 U.S.C. 1720G note) is amended—

(A) in clause (i), by striking “; and” and inserting a semicolon;

(B) in clause (ii), by striking the period at the end and inserting “; and”; and

(C) by adding at the end the following new clause:

“(iii) a description of the satisfaction experienced by caregivers and veterans with respect to such program, including any findings regarding whether such program reduces the burden and strain felt by caregivers.”.

(c) Effective date.—The amendments made by subsection (a) shall apply with respect to services provided after the date of the enactment of this Act.


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