The long-sought creation of a women’s veterans program is another — the department has sought to create the program through budget requests but has not received funding. Now it will ask lawmakers to mandate the program under law.
Additionally, it will ask lawmakers to expand the list of who is eligible for admission into the nursing homes.
Veterans who have served in the U.S. armed forces during wartime periods that include World War II, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf are eligible to live in the homes under state law. The department, however, would like to expand that criteria to include veterans who served during other periods.