Rigell Backs Legislation to Support and Honor Veterans

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2013-07-30 11:10:10
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Rigell Backs Legislation To
Support And Honor Veterans


Washington, D.C. – Consistent with his commitment to America’s veterans, Congressman Scott Rigell (VA-02) recently co-sponsored seven bipartisan bills designed to protect and preserve veterans' benefits.

“Our veterans deserve not only our deep respect and gratitude, but action to ensure that we meet our obligation to defend those who have defended us,” said Rigell, who represents the district with the highest concentration of active duty and retired military personnel in the country. “We must protect those who wear our nation’s uniform and speak boldly on their behalf.”

About the bills:

H.R. 333 - Disabled Veterans Tax Termination Act: Amends federal military retired pay provisions to: permit veterans with a service-connected disability of less than 50% to concurrently receive both retired pay and disability compensation; eliminate provisions requiring a phase-in between January 1, 2004, and December 31, 2013, of concurrent receipt of retired pay and disability compensation; eliminate a phase-in of concurrent receipt of retired pay and disability compensation for disabled veterans determined to be individually unemployable; and require a limited reduction in retired pay for qualified disability retirees with less than 20 years of retirement-creditable service.

H.R. 241 - Veterans Timely Access to Health Care Act: Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to ensure that the standard for access to care for a veteran seeking hospital care and medical services from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is 30 days from the date the veteran contacts the VA; Requires the Secretary to periodically review the performance of VA medical facilities in meeting such standard; Requires quarterly reports from the Secretary to the congressional veterans' committees on the VA's experience with respect to appointment waiting times.

H.R. 1729 - VA Claims, Operations, and Records Efficiency Act: Directs the Secretary of Defense (DoD) to make the service treatment records, personal records, unit records, and medical records (service records) of each member of the Armed Forces available to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) in an electronic format; Provides post-discharge or release timelines for such availability; Requires each service record provided to include a DoD certification of the record's completeness; Deems such service record release a permitted disclosure under requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.

H.R. 164 - Amends title 10, United States Code, to permit veterans who have a service-connected, permanent disability rated as total to travel on military aircraft in the same manner and to the same extent as retired members of the Armed Forces entitled to such travel.

H.R. 1288 - World War II Merchant Mariner Service Act: Directs the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) to consider certain methods for verifying that an individual performed honorable service as a coastwise merchant seaman during the period beginning on December 7, 1941, and ending on December 31, 1946, for purposes of eligibility for veterans' benefits under the GI Bill Improvement Act of 1977; Requires such methods to include Social Security Administration (SSA) records and validated testimony in the case of the absence of Coast Guard shipping or discharge forms, ship logbooks, documents, or other official employment records.

H.R. 2590 - 21st Century Healthcare for Heroes Act: Amends the Wounded Warrior Act to establish a specific timeline for the Secretary of Defense (DoD) and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to achieve integrated electronic health records, and for other purposes.

H. Res. 230 - To recognize and honor our nation's veterans on the 70th anniversaries of World War II battles.




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