Sending Office: Honorable Julia Brownley
Cosponsor the Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act (H.R. 840)
Supported by: Disabled American Veterans (DAV), the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Paralyzed Veterans of America, AMVETS, Easterseals, and the Fleet Reserve Association
I write to request your support for the Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act (H.R. 840). As you may know, similar legislation passed the House in the 115th Congress.
In 2011, Congress created a pilot program to provide free child care at a small number of VA medical centers and clinics. Over 10,000 children have used the program, which has been very popular with the veteran community. Women veterans used the service
at a rate four times their population among the veteran community at large, indicating the program is working for the growing population of women veterans and their families. However, unless Congress acts, this pilot program will expire on October 1, 2019.
Congress has reauthorized this popular and successful program multiple times. This bill would make the VA’s Child Care Pilot Program permanent and expand it so that all veterans, who are primary caretakers, have a safe, reliable, and cost-free option for
child care when they use VA healthcare. According to a VA Satisfaction Survey of veterans who have used the pilot program, a majority responded that without the available child care they would have brought their children to their appointment or cancelled their
Please join as a cosponsor of the Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act to make permanent this much-needed child care program and expand access to VA benefits for our veterans.
For more information or to become a cosponsor, please contact Stephanie Jones at
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