O’Halleran, Jones Introduce Bill to Build Veteran Nursing Homes on Tribal Lands
Today, Congressmen Tom O’Halleran (D-Ariz.) and Walter Jones (R-N.C.) introduced the bipartisan Nursing Home Care for Native American Veterans Act, a bill designed to encourage the construction of veteran nursing care homes on tribal lands by closing a loophole that prevents them receiving federal construction grant money.
“Our veterans and servicemembers come from varied backgrounds, cultures, and communities, but one thing unites them: they have served our country with honor,” said Rep. O’Halleran. “We cannot continue to keep our aging Native American veterans from the care they have earned.”
Current law provides a 65 percent construction reimbursement and per diem to veteran nursing care homes built on land owned by states or territories or land the United States possesses. Tribal lands are excluded from this law. Currently, there are no veteran nursing homes located on tribal lands, an issue that impacts rural communities in remote locations across the country.
“Due to the unique nature of tribal communities and remote locations, it is important to ensure our Native American veterans have access to adequate care near their families and cultural support systems,” continued O’Halleran.
The legislation is endorsed by the Navajo Nation and the Inter Tribal Association of Arizona.