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Durbin: All Wounded Veterans Deserve Home Healthcare

Durbin: All Wounded Veterans Deserve Home Healthcare

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U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is asking Congress to expand home health care options for wounded veterans.

Durbin helped create the Family Caregiver Program, which provides a monthly stipend and other benefits to family members who take care of injured Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. Now he’s sponsoring a bill to allow veterans of earlier wars to take advantage of the program. He says he was inspired after visiting disabled veterans at a VA hospital

“And I was very surprised, shocked to meet a Korean War veteran, many Vietnam War veterans,” Durbin said. “We can’t forget these men and women who have given so much to our country and never had the chance to stay home.”

Currently, 259 caregivers in Illinois are part of the program, and more than 12,000 nationwide. Durbin says expanding the program would make as many 88,000 additional caregivers eligible for assistance.

The Senate is set to consider the bill next week.

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