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Bill Would Afford Benes to New Dawn Vets

Veterans serving during Operation New Dawn in Iraq would be eligible for VA health care benefits under a bill sponsored by Rep. Bob Filner, D-Calif. Operation New Dawn began Sept. 1, 2010, and marked the official end of Operation Iraqi Freedom and combat operations in Iraq.

The legislation ensures that service during Operation New Dawn would be considered military service, and vets would receive VA hospital care, medical services and nursing home care.

Filner, the ranking member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, introduced a similar bill in September 2010.

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