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FACT SHEET: Supporting Veterans

Published by The White House Briefing Room

The President believes that our Nation has a sacred obligation– to properly prepare and equip the troops we send into harm’s way, and to care for them and their families when they return home. Far too often military service comes with a cost, and we owe it to our veterans and their families to address the consequences comprehensively. This means helping veterans build lives of opportunity when they leave military service by helping them to find employment, providing pathways to home ownership, and providing financial support and relief for those who are struggling.

Our veterans are the best of America and supporting the women and men who wear the uniform is a commitment that unites all of us. Throughout history, Democrats and Republicans have been working together to ensure access to world-class health care and benefits for our veterans. And, while our nation’s longest war is over, our commitment to support our veteran continues.

To honor those who have worn the uniform of the United States, and to ensure we address the needs of veterans in financial hardship or those who have encountered environmental hazards, the Biden-Harris Administration is:

Reducing Financial Hardship

The President’s American Rescue Plan provided $17 billion to help veterans, ensuring the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) had funding to provide health care services for veterans, including funding for homelessness programs, and to implement a rapid retraining assistance program to help veterans impacted by the pandemic. The American Rescue Plan also eliminated all out-of-pocket medical cost for veterans and provided much needed financial relief to veterans experiencing economic hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Veterans in financial hardship who get treatment through VA are entitled to get their medical debt forgiven....

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