The U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines and Coast Guards will be able to pay people in the National Guards, Coast Guard and Reserve who were injured on duty and who have retired in the next two years, according to a White House announcement Tuesday.
The military will be given the option to offer workers who retire in the current fiscal year or the first six months of fiscal 2018 up to a total of $1,000 for a National Guard or Coast Guard uniform or a Coast Guard vest or coat, according the announcement.
Workers in the Army, Navy and Air Force can get up to $1.5, $2.5 and $3,000 in such benefits, while workers in the Coast Guard can get $1 million, $3.5 million, and $4 million, respectively.
The White House said the National Institutes of Health will also receive $100 million over two years for a new program to fund research into traumatic brain injuries.
The announcement came as the White House and congressional Democrats announced a bipartisan proposal to address veterans’ homelessness and provide them with a $1 billion emergency housing plan.
President Donald Trump signed the legislation Tuesday night that also includes $2 billion for the VA and $1 trillion for infrastructure.
Trump said the measure is “a historic moment” and will allow veterans to rebuild their lives.
“This is an historic moment in the history of our country.
And you know what, it’s gonna make a big difference for veterans,” he said.
Trump’s proposal also includes funding for a $20 billion “Veterans and their Families Act,” which would provide $20.5 billion to veterans’ groups and families, as well as $2 million per month for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the president’s office said.
The bill also calls for a reduction in veterans’ housing and housing-related costs for the first time in nearly 20 years.
It would also create a Veterans Choice Program to provide veterans with financial assistance to buy a home, and increase the number of veterans who can receive housing vouchers.
The legislation would also establish a new National Defense Employment Council to develop new programs for veterans.
The Senate approved the bill by a vote of 68-36, with all Democrats voting against it, with Sens.
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