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Obama signs bill expanding health services for vets

By Ed O'Keefe

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President Obama signed legislation Wednesday that significantly expands health services available to veterans, saying "there's always more we can do and more that we must do" for those fighting America's wars and those who help them when they return.
Obama said the legislation, called the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act, expands mental health and counseling services to veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including National Guardsmen and reservists.
It also allows the Veterans Administration to use hospitals outside the VA network to treat more returning soldiers suffering from brain injuries, eliminates co-payments for "catastrophically disabled" veterans, increases housing and transportation assistance for veterans living far from hospitals in rural areas, and expands health care services for women veterans, including maternity care for newborns.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | May 5, 2010; 3:54 PM ET
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