Luis Montalván: New Bill Helps Disabled Vets Make Smooth Transitions

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A new bill recently signed into law by Barack Obama has provided many disabled veterans with greater resources geared to help them regain independence. Luis Montalván, American veteran and veteran’s rights activists explains the importance of this bill.

Although transitioning back to civilian life is usually difficult for every American veteran, the challenges can often be much greater for those that have incurred a physical injury or disability as a result of their service. A recent article from The Sacramento Bee observes the implications of a new bill signed into law by President Barack Obama earlier this month. According to the article, “The Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012 (H.R. 1627), includes several provisions that will help disabled veterans transition back into their communities and regain their independence.” As a veteran who has remained an advocate for military personnel, Luis Montalván hopes that this new bill will encourage greater change in terms of American veteran care.

According to the article, H.R. 1627 is a bill designed to help provide many veterans with new resources that will simplify their lives. The provisions of the bill include efforts to help provide designated veterans with greater access to service dogs at VA facilities to assist with rehabilitation. H.R. 1627 also includes terms that address the housing needs of disabled veterans, including stipulations that provide funding to those that need to adapt their residence to the needs of their disability. According to Luis Montalván, these changes will most likely make a great impact on returning veterans; it will not only make their transition easier, it will also demonstrate wider support from the government that they fought to protect.

In addition to those suffering from physical disabilities, H.R. 1627 establishes a plan to strengthen rehabilitation services available to veterans living with traumatic brain injury that treat all facets of the injury, including mental impairments. As an advocate that raises awareness for veterans suffering from mental complications, Luis Montalván notes that the legislation has made a great impact by observing the wide scope of wounds and injuries sustained during war.

While H.R.1627 is designed to improve the lives of returning veterans, Montalván believes that the effort is far from over. He encourages all American citizens to show their support of veterans and active military members to ensure that their return home is as comfortable as possible. Luis Montalván concludes, “It is encouraging to see incremental progress made to properly care for the millions of disabled American veterans. We need much more bipartisan and bicameral legislation, like H.R. 1627, to be developed and passed quickly.”


Captain Luis Montalván served the United States Army for 17 years. Now an advocate for active duty military personnel, veterans, and their families, Luis Montalván supports the best interests of those who facing physical and psychological maladies associated with combat, training and military sexual trauma.

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