Michaud’s vet bill moves ahead


Legislation drafted by U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, a Democrat representing Maine’s 2nd District, to help caregivers of veterans is a bit closer to becoming law this week after the House passed a final version, sending it off to the Senate.

The measure would provide education sessions for improving care giving, counseling services, respite care for family and other caregivers of veterans and health care and a stipend for caregivers living with severely wounded veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a recent release from Michaud’s office. Michaud serves as the chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health.

“Our veterans make the ultimate sacrifice to defend our country,” Michaud said in the release. “But few people know how much their families and friends give up to care for them when they return home.”