New law offers Veterans employed by Federal government additional leave

According to a report by the Associated Press, President Obama recently signed a law that gives Federal workers who are also Veterans extra time off to seek medical care.

The measure was first introduced as a legislative bill by U.S. Representative Stephen Lynch, a Democrat from Massachusetts. The measure passed the House unanimously on September 28 and passed the Senate unanimously on October 26.

The new law gives eligible employees 104 hours of “wounded warrior leave” during their first year in the Federal workforce. The purpose of the extra leave is to allow Veteran employees to seek medical treatment for service-connected disabilities without having to take unpaid leave or forego their jobs or appointments all together.

Lynch told the Associated Press that the new law reflects Congress’ gratitude and appreciation for the hardship and sacrifices made by Veterans.