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In an attempt to provide aid for family members who care for wounded troops, President Barack Obama signed the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act on Thursday. The legislation is multifaceted in regards to the fact that it enhances health benefits for wounded veterans while simultaneously providing assistance to family members of the veterans that they are caring for who have been injured in Afghanistan or Iraq.
President Obama specifically highlighted the life story of Ted and Sarah Wade during the White House ceremony, according to The USA Today. He clarified that Sergeant Ted Wade sustained substantial damage to his right arm courtesy of an explosive device that went off on the battlefield in 2004. President Obama revealed that his wife, Sarah Wade, has cared for him ever since the explosion occurred and that the law will benefit both of them.
Prior to signing the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act earlier this morning, President Obama spoke about the importance of the law. While speaking to those in attendance at the signing of the legislation, President Obama said, “We’re forever mindful that our obligations to our troops don’t end on the battlefield. Keeping faith with our veterans and their families is work that is never truly finished.”
President Obama went on to say, “To all our veterans, and your families, with this legislation we’re building a stronger team here at home that you need [both] now and for the long road to recovery.”