Rep. Foster votes to increase funds for vets

By on July 12, 2009

Foster votes to enhance health care of women veterans and to shore up VA funding

STATE—Rep. Bill Foster (D-14) voted recently in favor of legislation designed to aid wounded veterans and the families of those killed in service.

“As the cost of everyday items like food, housing and medicine increase, it is important to ensure that the veterans benefits earned by those who have been wounded or the families of those killed in battle can keep up with the prices of basic necessities,” Foster said. “Making sure benefits match current living expenses is simply the right thing to do for our veterans and their families.”

Foster voted in favor of S. 407, the Veterans Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act, which provides for an annual cost-of-living adjustment to veterans survivor benefits and disability compensation.

Foster also voted for H.R. 1211, the Women Veterans Health Care Improvement Act. This legislation would expand and improve health care services available to women veterans. Some of the provisions of the bill include an assessment of women’s health care programs, medical care for newborn children of women veterans, enhancement of PTSD treatment for women, and the establishment of a pilot program for child care services.

“Our veterans have bravely fought to defend our country, and they deserve the support and resources they need to succeed back here at home,” Foster said. “With soldiers facing difficult conditions overseas, it is of the utmost importance that we provide both men and women with quality medical care and services so that they can lead healthy and prosperous lives.”

In addition, Foster voted for H.R. 1016, the Veterans Health Care Budget and Reform Transparency Act, which provides Congress with greater ability and incentive to develop appropriation bills that best anticipate future demand for VA services. The legislation would ensure that the VA and other veteran care givers have peace of mind and stability in their budgets, allowing them to anticipate their future veteran care.