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How San Diego’s veterans will benefit from the American Rescue Plan

How San Diego’s veterans will benefit from the American Rescue Plan

BY ANDREA LOPEZ-VILLAFAÑA

JUNE 2, 2021 6:22 PM PT

SAN DIEGO — Thousands of veterans who lost their jobs, paid medical bills and dealt with other hardships as a result of the coronavirus pandemic will be eligible for financial assistance and other benefits under the country’s $1.9 trillion federal relief package.

The American Rescue Plan, an economic relief package President Joe Biden signed into law in March, allocates money for direct payments to individuals, aid to state and local governments, and a range of other efforts to help those who have suffered from the economic crisis brought on by COVID-19.


About $17 billion of those funds is earmarked for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide economic relief and health care services to veterans.


“Like other hardworking Americans, veterans have been severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic,” said VA San Diego Director Robert M. Smith. “Countless veterans have lost jobs, closed businesses, homeschooled children and faced uncertain prospects while our nation has grappled with this health crisis.”


Read the full article at the San Diego Union Tribune here.

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