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The White House revealed new measures on Friday to enhance health care for veterans, including free services for World War II veterans and expedited benefits for those exposed to toxins.
All living World War II veterans will now have access to no-cost health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), encompassing a range of services such as nursing home care. Additionally, under the recently passed PACT Act, veterans affected by exposure to toxins will see an accelerated process for enrolling in health benefits starting next year.
In tandem with these healthcare enhancements, President Biden announced the creation of the Veteran Scam and Fraud Evasion (VSAFE) campaign and task force. According to the administration, this initiative is designed to protect veterans and their families from scams, which resulted in losses exceeding $414 million last year. VSAFE aims to increase awareness and provide resources to safeguard veterans from these fraudulent activities.
In a statement, the White House said, “President Biden believes we have a sacred obligation to care for our nation’s veterans and their families. Simply put, we owe them a debt we can never fully repay.”