Allred Introduces Bill to Help Veterans and Caregivers Pay for Personal Protective Equipment
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Colin Allred (TX-32), a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, today introduced the Aid and Attendance Support Act. The bill will increase by 25 percent the amount paid to disabled veterans to assist with their daily activities to help cover new COVID-19 related expenses for 60 days, including purchasing personal protective equipment for veterans and their caregivers.
“After these veterans have already given so much, we owe it to them to ensure they have the personal protective equipment they need to stay healthy, and for their caregivers to safely do their jobs,” said Allred. “Our veterans who utilize caregivers are facing a substantial increase in costs related to COVID-19, and action is needed. I thank the Veterans’ Affairs Committee for their work on this, and the Veterans Service Organizations for their tireless advocacy for our nation’s most vulnerable and at-risk veterans.”
This bill is included in the HEROES Act, a coronavirus relief package set to be voted on by the House tomorrow.
This boost in the monetary allowance, known as Aid and Attendance, helps veterans secure assistance with activities of daily living that can include; help to get out of bed, transfer to a wheelchair, transfer to the bathroom, assistance with bathing, dental hygiene, grooming, getting dressed, and much more. Paid caregivers can be professional nursing staff, either in a nursing home or employed in someone’s home, as well as family members, excluding a spouse.
The bill is supported by Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), Disabled American Veterans (DAV), American Legion, Wounded Warrior Project, and the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. Read a letter of support here: THE FINAL MSO-VSO Letter on Temporary A&A Increase.pdf