ICYMI: New law means Veterans benefits will be printed in multiple languages
Washington, DC – Last week, President Biden signed into law the Veterans and Family Information Act (H.R. 2093), a bipartisan bill led by U.S. Representatives Young Kim (CA-39) and Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) to expand access to resources at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for veterans and caretakers.
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Orange County Register
By Brooke Staggs
November 24, 2021
American Veterans with limited English skills soon will have greater access to information about federal benefits owed to them, after President Joe Biden this week signed into law a bipartisan bill championed by Rep. Young Kim, R-La Habra.
The Veterans and Family Information Act, or H.R. 2093, directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to translate all of its factsheets into Spanish, Tagalog and 10 other common languages. Those translations also must be posted on the VA’s website.
Kim said she hopes the new law means veterans and their caretakers with limited English proficiency won’t have to keep relying on others for help to understand and access VA benefits that they’ve earned.
“My district is home to more than 27,000 veterans from diverse backgrounds who faithfully served in the United States military, including my own sister, brother-in-law, and my husband, too,” Kim, whose 39th District includes portions of Orange, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties, told Congress while speaking in support of the bill.
“With an increasingly diverse population of veterans across the country, and with United States veterans residing in the Philippines and in Puerto Rico, this bill ensures that our veterans and their caretakers whose first languages are not English, are aware of, and understand, the VA’s benefits.”
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