Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik co-led Antonio Delgado’s amendment to H.R. 840 – the Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act. This amendment allows for child care to be provided by the VA for veterans in need of emergency mental health services, something that was unaccounted for in the bill.

“The Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act is an important first step in providing veterans with free child care during VA health care appointments,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “I was proud to co-lead an amendment to this bill that would allow veterans to access child care during emergency mental health services. Due to their service, many veterans experience PTSD and emotional or mental distress, and they should never have to skip an appointment due to inaccessibility to child care. This amendment is critical to ensuring our veterans are able to receive mental health care when they need it, not just when they can schedule it on a calendar.” 

The amendment was adopted unanimously by the House, and the Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act passed 400-9.