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Rounds introduces bill to strengthen falls prevention programs for veterans

U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds co-introduced a bill designed to help older veterans avoid injuries from falls.

The SAFE STEPS for Veterans Act would create an Office of Falls Prevention and a falls prevention coordinator role within the Veterans Health Administration.

It would also create a pilot program for home modification grant initiatives. The pilot program would focus on falls prevention and screenings to identify those most at-risk.

The Department of Veterans Affairs provides funding for home modification programs for certain veteran populations, but they currently don't incorporate falls prevention programs into their work.

Rounds co-introduced the bill with Maine Independent Sen. Angus King.

According to the CDC, South Dakota ranks fourth nationwide in unintentional fall rates among adults ages 65 and older.  

Krystal is the local host of "All Things Considered."