A bill that seeks to improve health care and benefits for veterans now awaits President Trump's signature.
The package includes a bill Lubbock Congressman Jodey Arrington wrote in 2017. It will make improvements to the overall transition process for service members, by focusing on career opportunities and entrepreneurship.
They will choose specific career-oriented tracks that best suit their post-service plans. Soldiers will also be required to take part in one-on-one counseling a year before the end of their service to evaluate which transition pathway suits them best.
"Passing this legislation that will engage our active duty military earlier in the process before they venture out as civilians to equip them and empower them with education and opportunities for jobs and for employment, and to connect them with their brothers and sisters fellow veterans in the community all the component parts of this I think will end up with lives saved," Congressman Arrington said.
He wrote this bill in honor of Plainview native, Navy Seal Bill Mulder. He died by suicide years after leaving the military.