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[I, VT] Introduced on Feb 3, 2014
2/3/2014--Introduced. Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014 - Amends federal veterans provisions to revise or add provisions concerning medical services and... Read More
This bill was introduced on Feb 4, 2014, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.
Feb 3, 2014
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A bill to improve the provision of medical services and benefits to veterans, and for other purposes
KBL Endorses: A new study correlating public opinion over the last 20 years and the passing of 1800 bills and that support public opinion is a total disconnect. Popvox gives us the opportunity to see that Republicans this last couple of years have cut so many programs and support for our veterans, and if elected will cut more, all while supporting the rich and corporations bottom line. So here is one bill that we at KBL will endorse, fight for, and vote for. The Republicans talk a big game about "supporting the troops," but over 200,000 veterans have lost their unemployment benefits due to Congressional Republican inaction. The Senate has advanced an extension, with bipartisan support -- but Republican Speaker Boehner is refusing to even hold a vote. http://action.votevets.org/page/s/ui-vote?source=la140328_restoreui
January 22, 2014 The National Military Family Association is a long-time advocate for improving the quality of life of our military family members who sacrifice greatly in support of our Nation. For this reason, our Association supports the Veterans Health and Benefits Improvement Act, S.1950, the Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014. We are especially appreciative of the inclusion of a provision to repeal the unfair 1 percent cut to the Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) for working age military retirees as established in the Balanced Budget Act and included in the recently passed Omnibus Appropriations bill. We strongly oppose legislation to reduce COLA for military retirees because it breaks faith with currently serving service members and retirees. We firmly believe that changes in retirement compensation and benefits should not be done piecemeal or before Congress receives the recommendations of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission that Congress itself established. We thank you and the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee for including several provisions that support the survivors of those who have died because of their service, and those currently serving who will soon transition to veteran status. We believe that the more military families are prepared for transition, the more successful they will be. In particular, we appreciate the inclusion of provisions to: • Authorize Iraq and Afghanistan era surviving spouses receive the Post-9/11 GI Bill via the “Gunnery Sgt. John D. Fry Scholarship Program” • Authorize in-state tuition rates at public colleges for all student veterans using the new GI Bill • Allow retention of the Dependency and Indemnity Compensation payment by eligible widows who remarry at age 55 ? Improve care and services for veterans who were sexually assaulted during their military service • Extend the VA health care enrollment opportunity for OIF-OEF veterans from 5 to 10 years • Renew the VOW to Hire Heroes Act veterans retraining assistance program • Honor as veterans certain career Reserve members eligible for reserve retired pay. http://www.veterans.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/NMFA1950.pdf
Dear Chairman Sanders: Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is pleased to offer our support for the Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014, a wide-ranging package of legislation that seeks to improve the lives of veterans and their families by enhancing numerous benefits, programs, and services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This legislation would accomplish many of the goals for which veterans and military service organizations have been advocating for years, including strengthening the Post-9/11 GI Bill, expanding advance appropriations for more of the VA’s budget, expanding dental care coverage for veterans, expanding benefits for surviving spouses, expanding care related to military sexual trauma, instituting new rules for VA’s claims processing reports, and much more. This bill also fully repeals the one percent cut to the annual Cost of Living Adjustment increase in the pensions of working-age military retirees, thus ensuring that America’s budget is not balanced on the backs of its veterans. This cut to veterans’ earned benefits was wrong, misguided, and a breach of faith with those who have sacrificed and continue to sacrifice the most for this country, and fixing this error is simply the right thing to do. IAVA believes that veterans deserve the best care and benefits our country can offer. We are proud to offer our assistance and thank you for this meaningful legislation. http://www.veterans.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/IAVA%20LOS%20S1950.pdf
A vitally important amendment will soon be offered in the Senate that would authorize advance appropriations for all VA programs, services and benefits – one of DAV’s highest legislative priorities – and to get this passed, your Senators need to hear directly from you. Senators John Boozman (R-AR) and Mark Begich (D-AK) will offer the amendment to S. 1982, the Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Pay Restoration Act of 2014, veterans legislation that DAV strongly supports. Their amendment is similar to their bill, S. 932, the Putting Veterans Funding First Act, which the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs approved in a bipartisan vote of 13 to 1 last November. The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee approved similar legislation (H.R. 813) unanimously last August. VA’s medical care programs already receive advance appropriations since Congress passed, and the President signed, Public Law 111-81, the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act, in October 2009 to provide the budget a year in advance. As a result, during the recent government shutdown while many VA offices and services were closed, VA hospitals and clinics were able to provide uninterrupted health care. By contrast, the shutdown delayed, disrupted and suspended other critical services for veterans. However, the advance appropriations process is not just a tactic for government shutdowns; it has made VA health care funding more timely and predictable every year and can do the same for the rest of VA’s programs, benefits and services. Advance appropriations can mitigate the disruptions caused by late-arriving budgets and continuing resolutions that occurred in 22 of the past 25 years. Furthermore, by passing advance appropriations, we can protect veterans from being used as political pawns during unrelated budget fights in the future. However, without adoption of the bipartisan Boozman-Begich amendment, veterans claims processing, burials, research and other vital functions of the Department of Veterans Affairs will continue to suffer from a broken budget process. Because of the complexities of Senate rules, we need to send a clear and strong message to Senators that the adoption of this amendment to S. 1982 is essential to fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served. By helping to ensure timely and predictable funding for all veterans benefits and services, the Boozman-Begich amendment is a crucial step to keeping those promises. Please use the prepared electronic text to urge your Senators to vote for this important amendment, to support any procedures necessary to allow a vote on this amendment, and then to vote for final passage of S. 1982. As always, we greatly appreciate your support of DAV and your grassroots activism in participating in DAV CAN, our Commander’s Action Network. Without the efforts of you and thousands like you, DAV would not be as influential and effective in our advocacy for veterans, particularly for those wounded, injured and ill from their military service. (Information provided by a POPVOX user. Source: http://capwiz.com/dav/issues/alert/?alertid=63087021)
While the intentions of this bill are well, it will only increase the issues facing the Veterans Affairs (VA) system. -This bill will create least fifteen new government programs and increase federal spending. -The VA system is already suffering backlogs of unattended claims and general inefficiency. -S. 1982 will only worsen care for veterans and prohibit real reform from happening.
I support The Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act because...Veterans put us first, returning the favor is the least we can do.
I support The Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act because I have four nephews and several cousins who served in the military. Several of them are dealing with the VA on health issues and have found themselves in the long lines waiting for services that are caused by the lack of adequate funding. All of them deserve for the promises we made them to be kept.
I support The Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act because...as a disabled Vet, that was MISdiagnosed in the USAF...it would be impossible for me and my family to survive with out the benefits I receive...
I support The Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act because...we should do this and much more for the people who put their lives on the line for our country.
I support The Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act because...This is an important bill to enact!
I support The Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act because...my father,now deceased ,was a 20 yr air force vet.Korean war era-vietnam era.He was incensed anytime there was ever talk of congress cutting veterans benefits.you can not change the terms of a contract after one party has met their obligations.It is wrong to renegue on a contract made with individuals who have sworn to defend you by putting their lives on the line
I oppose The Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act because the bill adds layers of extra paperwork to an already broken system and will lessen the ability of that system to provide care for those who really need it.
I oppose The Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act because this is an extremely lengthy bill, which can only mean an unnecessary expansion of an already hulking bureaucracy. According to Heritage Action for America, this bill "will create fifteen new government programs and increase government spending" even though "the VA system is already suffering backlogs of unattended claims and general inefficiency." What needs to happen is either 1) the reduction the size of the VA system and elimination of unnecessary bureaucratic obstacles to premium care for our veterans; or 2) if possible, the gradual elimination of the VA system and transfer of the system's responsibilities to the private sector. Whatever the course of action taken, growing the VA system is not going to help our veterans but rather, in the words of Heritage Action for America, "worsen care for veterans and prevent real reform from happening." Respectfully,
Dear Senators; I strongly oppose The Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act because; although well intentioned the proposed legislation will only serve to dilute the limited resources available to many fellow veterans in dire need of the specialized care as provided by the Veterans Administration.. I am one of the more fortunate retired veterans, in exceptional health, not requiring much if any medical services. Please vote NO!! This is not a party line item, rather one of common sense in taking greater care of our Veterans!! Sincerely; John W. von Lange U.S. Army Retired
I oppose The Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act because it would extend VA services to all veterans, even if their injuries are not related to their service. This increased eligibility would prevent those truly in need from obtaining the assistance they need through the VA.
it will hinder wounded veterans from receiving the care they need. I am a veteran, but I never served in battle. The VA has enough to do caring for the wounded. I don't need the same services they do.
I oppose The Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act because The $24 billion package would create at least 15 new government programs and would extend VA services to all veterans, even if their injuries are not related to their service. This increased eligibility would prevent those truly in need from obtaining the assistance they need through the VA. The VA system already suffers a backlog of thousands of unattended claims. Adding new claims and programs to the already overburdened system would only make the program more inefficient and prevent real reform from occurring.
<br /> 2/3/2014--Introduced.<br /> Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014 - Amends federal veterans provisions to revise or add provisions concerning medical services and other benefits provided to veterans and/or their dependents through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) relating to the following areas: -survivor and dependent matters, including benefits for children of certain veterans born with spina bifida; -education matters, including the approval of courses for purposes of the All-Volunteer Force and the Post-9/11 Educational Assistance programs; -the expansion and extension of certain health care benefits, including immunizations, chiropractic care, treatment for traumatic brain injury, and wellness promotion; -health care administration, including extension of the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Professional Scholarship Program, and -complementary and alternative medicine; -mental health care, including an education program and peer support program for family members and caregivers of veterans with mental health disorders; -dental care eligibility and expansion, including a program of education to promote dental health in veterans; -health care related to sexual trauma, including appropriate counseling and treatment and a screening mechanism to detect incidents of domestic abuse; -reproductive treatment and services, including fertility counseling as well as adoption assistance for severely wounded veterans; -major medical facility leases; -veterans' employment training and related services; -veterans' employment, including within the federal government and as first responders; -career transition services; -employment and reemployment rights of members of the Armed Forces after active duty service; -small business matters, including contracting and subcontracting participation goals with federal departments and agencies; - administrative matters, including regional support centers for Veterans Integrated Service Networks; -the revision of claims based on military sexual trauma as well as claims for dependency and indemnity compensation; - jurisdictional matters, including with respect to the Board of Veterans' Appeals and the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims; -the revision of certain rights under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, including protections with respect to the expiration of professional licenses, a prohibition on the denial of credit or the termination of residential leases due to military service, and the temporary protection of surviving spouses under mortgage foreclosures; and - outreach and miscellaneous matters, including: (1) repeal of the provision of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 that reduces the cost-of-living adjustment to the retirement pay of members of the Armed Forces under age 62, and (2) the accounting for discretionary accounts designated for overseas contingency operations/global war on terrorism. <br />