Tuberville Champions Push to Expand COVID Vaccine to Veterans and Spouses; Bill Passes Senate

Tuberville was an original co-sponsor of the SAVE LIVES Act which will allow veterans, their spouses, and caregivers to receive the vaccine at no-cost

WASHINGTON —U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) today released the following statement after the United States Senate unanimously passed the Strengthening and Amplifying Vaccination Efforts to Locally Immunize all Veterans and Every Spouse (SAVE LIVES) Act:

“Veterans and their families make immeasurable sacrifices to serve our nation,” said Senator Tuberville. “As they fight for us, we should ensure they do not have to worry about fighting this virus as well. I hope this bill will make a difference to Alabama’s veterans and their families, and I am proud to sit on this Committee and advocate for legislation that will positively impact veterans in Alabama and across our nation.”

According to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, The SAVE LIVES Act will expand VA’s authority to provide vaccines to: 

  • Veterans who are not eligible for enrollment in VA’s health care system, including veterans without compensable service-connected disabilities and veterans who have incomes above a certain threshold;
  • Caregivers of veterans who are enrolled in various VA home-based and long-term care programs;
  • Veterans living abroad who rely on the Foreign Medical Program;
  • Spouses of veterans; and
  • CHAMPVA recipients (spouses or children of permanently and totally disabled veterans or of veterans who have died from service-connected disabilities).

Senator Tommy Tuberville represents Alabama in United States Senate and is a member of the Senate Armed Services, Agriculture, Veterans’ Affairs, and HELP Committees.