Congressman Krishnamoorthi Applauds Increased Funding To Combat Opioid Abuse Among Veterans
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, the House passed the appropriations bill for Military Construction and Veteran Affairs programs for FY2019. Included in the funding package was $400 million specifically to fight opioid addiction among veterans. This follows the House-passed Krishnamoorthi amendment that was included in the National Defense Authorization Act which encouraged Department of Defense (DoD) to enact a plan to prevent and treat opioid use among DoD dependents.
“When funding our military and veterans’ programs, we must recognize the challenges our country faces at home. The opioid crisis is something that has plagued communities across our nation, including many veterans. Our duty is to adequately prepare our troops when we send them to fight for our country as well as provide them with resources when they return to citizen life. I am proud of my colleagues for including this provision in the appropriations bill and am prepared to continue fighting the opioid epidemic for citizens and servicemembers alike.”