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United States Military Retiree Activities Office Davao City, Philippines

LEGISLATION of INTEREST UPDATE 6 June 2008

Posted by Service Officer on June 6th, 2008

As Memorial Day approached, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the following 10 bipartisan measures on 21 MAY to improve benefits and services for veterans.

 

• H.R.2790, as amended, which passed by voice vote, will establish the position of Director of Physician Assistant Services within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

• H.R.3681, as amended, the Veterans’ Benefits Awareness Act of 2007, which passed by voice vote, will authorize VA to purchase advertising in national media to promote awareness of veterans’ benefits.

• H.R.3889, as amended, which passed by voice vote, will require a longitudinal study of VA vocational rehabilitation programs.

• H.R. 5554, as amended, the Justin Bailey Veterans’ Substance Use Disorders Prevention and Treatment Act of 2008, which passed by a voice vote, will expand and improve VA health care services for substance use disorders.

• H.R. 5664, as amended, which passed by voice vote, will direct VA to update, at least once every six years, plans and specifications for its specially adapted housing program.

• H.R. 5729, as amended, the Spina Bifida Health Care Program Expansion Act, which passed by voice vote, will direct VA to provide comprehensive health care to certain Vietnam veterans’ children born with spina bifida.

• H.R. 6048, which passed by a voice vote, will amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to provide for the protection of child custody arrangements for parents deployed in support of a contingency operation.

Additionally the House unanimously approved the following three bipartisan measures to improve benefits and services for veterans.

• H.R. 3819, the Veterans’ Emergency Care Fairness Act of 2007, which passed the House by a vote of 412-0, will require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to reimburse veterans receiving emergency treatment in non-VA facilities for such treatment until transfer to a VA facility is possible.

• H.R. 5826, The Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2008, which passed the House by a vote of 417-0, will increase effective December 1, 2008, the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities, and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans.

• H.R. 5856, the VA Medical Facility Authorization and Lease Act of 2008, which passed the House by a vote of 416-0, will authorize major medical facility projects and major medical facility leases for VA in fiscal year 2009, and will authorize approximately $2.2 billion over the next five years to improve access to healthcare for our nation’s veterans.

[Source: NAUS Weekly Update 23 May 08 ++]

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