VFW Supports Sanders Bill
S. 1950 expands VA services and eliminates COLA penalty
January 23, 2014
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States has thrown its support behind a
bill introduced by the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee chairman because it
fulfills a number of VFW legislative priorities that benefit all generations of
veterans and their families, and it eliminates the cost-of-living adjustment
penalty on military retirees.
1950, the “Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Restoration
Act of 2014,” was introduced last week by Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.),
and VFW National Commander William A. Thien is calling it “The most
comprehensive veterans’ legislation to be introduced in decades.”
a letter of support, Thien said the bill expands the current caregiver law to
include all generations of veterans, something the VFW has been advocating
since the law was signed in 2010. It provides advance appropriations for all
mandatory accounts, which ensures disabled veterans, survivors and GI Bill
student-veterans will continue to receive their monthly payments regardless of
future government shutdowns. S. 1950 improves and expands education and
training programs to allow veterans to receive in-state tuition rates, extends
the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program, improves mental healthcare access
to veterans and families, expands military sexual trauma treatment services,
authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs to proceed with contracts to
build community-based outpatient clinics that have been on hold, and mandates
that VA provide a comprehensive assessment of its capital infrastructure and
how it will address its deficiencies. The bill also eliminates the 1 percent
COLA penalty on working age military retirees younger than age 62.
VFW national commander is now pledging to work with Senator Sanders to get
other senators and congressmen from both sides of the aisle to support S. 1950.
“Now is the time for every member of Congress to support those who have served
and sacrificed the most for our nation,” he said.
urge your members of Congress to support S. 1950, and to read the VFW’s letter
of support to Senator Sanders, click here
or go to http://www.vfw.org/News-and-Events/Articles/2014-Articles/VFW-Legislative-Alert--Urge-Passage-of-Comprehensive-Veterans--and-Health-Benefits-Package-Today!/.
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