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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (Northern Mariana Islands)

The U.S. Veterans Administration will now begin developing a strategic plan to give all veterans one year of health care after they separate from active service. The requirement is a compromise worked out between the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees on the proposal for one year of health care coverage that I introduced in H.R. 5024. The requirement is included in S.785, a package of bills signed into law Saturday. Providing one year of health care after discharge would greatly help veterans and their families make the transition to civilian life. By removing the worry of health care, I want to free them to focus on their next steps in education, employment, and housing, and ultimately make the transition successful. VA must submit the strategic plan to Congress no later than one year after the bill’s enactment.