A bipartisan bill co-sponsored by U.S. Representative Young Kim (R-CA) to expand access to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) resources for veterans and military guards recently became law.
On November 22, President Joe Biden enacted the Veterans and Family Information Act, HR 2093, which Representative Kim introduced in March with the bill’s sponsor, U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D- NY). The new law requires the VA to make all of its fact sheets available in English, Spanish, Tagalog, and each of the 10 most commonly spoken languages not listed.
It also requires the VA to establish a publicly accessible website that provides links to all VA fact sheets and report to Congress regarding the use of those fact sheets, according to the Congress summary record. .
“For too long, many veterans and their guardians who do not speak English as their mother tongue have been forced to rely on others to help them understand the benefits of VA they have earned.” said Representative Kim. “The brave men and women who have served in our nation’s uniform deserve the best care and must be able to understand the resources available to them.
“That is why I am proud to right this wrong and to expand VA resources so that American veterans are aware and can access the benefits they have earned,” said the congresswoman. “I am grateful to Representative Jeffries for joining me in this bipartisan effort to stand up for our Veterans.”
HR 2093 was passed in June by the United States House of Representatives, then received the approval of the United States Senate on November 2 before being presented to the President on November 16 for his signature to make it law. .
“Providing veterans and their caregivers with information without the burden or delay of translation will allow them to best access the benefits earned through their service to our nation,” said Representative Jeffries. “I congratulate President Biden on enacting this important bill and I thank my colleague, MP Young Kim, for joining me in defending this bipartisan legislation.”