Senator Patty Murray

Senator Murray’s Landmark Women Veterans Bill Signed Into Law


Murray Press Office
May 6, 2010

Senator Patty Murray’s (D-WA) comprehensive bi-partisan legislation to prepare the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for the influx of women veterans who will access care there in the coming years was signed into law this afternoon by President Obama. The law will address many of the unique needs of female veterans, particularly those women who are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. The women veterans bill, which was included in S. 1963, The Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010, is the first of its kind to focus on care for one of the VA’s fastest growing populations.

“This is an important victory for all of the women who have stepped forward to serve us,” said Senator Murray, a senior member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. “It will help the VA to meet the challenge of serving the growing number of women who will walk through their door. This bill addresses the unique challenges women face by providing specialized care for the visible and invisible wounds of war. As more women begin to transition home, and step back into lives as mothers, wives, and citizens, the VA must be there for them.”

To read the full press release at the Lake Stevens Journal, click here.
To see the information on Senator Murray’s web site, click here.


Additional reporting and information on this issue:

Landmark Bill Bolsters Care for Female Veterans, Laura Fitzpatrick,  May 5, 2010

The Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010 Library of Congress

Obama signs bill expanding health services for vets  Washington Post   Ed O’Keffe,  May 5, 2010