This week U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren introduced a bill that would provide gambling addiction assistance to active duty military personnel.
The bill is called 'The Gambling Addiction Prevention Act of 2019' and would see the Department of Defense developing aid programs to gambling addicted service members. The bill would also require the DoD to screen for gambling addiction during health and behavior assessments. Gambling is a big deal for the United States, as there are thousands of slots available at bases globally, with the DoD winning $538.9 million from the machines over a three year period.
The legislation is being co-sponsored by Maine Senator Steve Daines, and will proceed through the legislative process, going through Committee, a general vote, a House vote, and eventually on to the President's desk for signage into law... if it gets that far.
Speaking about her legislation Senator Warren said, "It's our duty as Americans to honor the sacrifices service members and veterans make for our country. Senator Daines and I are reintroducing our bipartisan legislation to make sure veterans struggling with gambling addiction can get the treatment they need."