Multiple studies and surveys reveal that a significant barrier for veterans seeking VA services is lack of child care. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is not authorized to provide child care assistance or services, with the exception of a limited number of pilot programs and many veterans with children find it difficult to access to VA health care, mental health services, benefits, training and educational services.
- 2565- the Veteran Employment and Child Care Access Act of 2018 introduced by Senator Tammy Duckworth (IL), would require the VA Secretary to provide child care assistance to an eligible veteran for any period that the veteran receives training or rehabilitation services under the following VA programs: job counseling, training, and placement services; therapeutic and rehabilitative activities; homeless veterans reintegration programs; and homeless veterans with children reintegration programs.
In accordance with DAV Resolution No. 001, we support S. 2565 which would provide child care assistance to many service-disabled veterans-vastly improving their ability to successfully complete training, rehabilitative, and education programs.