February 05, 2014

Manchin Introduces 'Streamlining Services for Older Veterans Act'

Washington, D.C. – To honor the 12.5 million veterans over the age of 60 in the United States, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today introduced the Streamlining Services for Old Veterans Act to ensure our aging veterans have access to the best services possible by helping them navigate the complex network of available services and support programs. This legislation requires the Department of Veterans Affairs, state units and local agencies to coordinate with veterans and engage in targeted outreach to ensure veterans are aware of the wide range of community-based services, including transportation services, home health, and respite care to help seniors stay healthy and independent as they age.

In addition to the benefits that these brave men and women have earned from their service to our country, as older Americans, they are also eligible for services under the Older Americans Act. Unfortunately, these bureaucratic benefit systems are difficult to navigate, and there are countless cases of red tape, delayed benefits, and veterans going unserved because they are unaware of the benefits available to them.

“Our brave men and women have served this country with unparalleled honor and distinction. As Americans, it is our duty to thank our veterans every day for their unwavering devotion and passion to the greatest country in the world,” Senator Manchin said. “This legislation offers another way to honor our veterans by ensuring they have easy and expedient access to the best services and programs available our aging citizens.”