VFW Supported Bills
Action Corp Weekly – 15 May 2020
Senate Passes National Suicide Hotline Bill: "…the Senate passed S. 2661, the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act of 2020. This legislation would designate 988 as the telephone number for the national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline. The existing hotline, which can be reached by dialing 1-800-273-8255, is operated by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and through the Veterans Crisis Line. Both hotlines offer confidential support from qualified responders 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Many of the responders with the Veterans Crisis Line are veterans themselves.”
VFW Action Corp Weekly – 22 May 2020
Legislation Introduced to Preserve 48-Hour Claims Review: "…Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) introduced VFW-supported S. 3761, theVeterans Claim Transparency Act. This important legislation would reinstate VA’s former policy of permitting VSOs to review claims decisions within the48-hours preceding promulgation to ensure all claims were properly evaluated and are error-free prior to a veteran receiving notification of a ratings decision. "The 48-hour review period is an essential feature of the VA claims process,”said VFW National Legislative Service Associate Director Matthew Doyle."It functions as an independent quality review check on claims decisions before final ratings are sent to veterans.”” Please contact our federal Senators and support this bill.
Federal Bills: https://www.congress.gov//
Legislation Introduced to Expand Survivors’ Benefits: "…Rep. TJ Cox (D-CA) introduced VFW-supported H.R. 6933, the Caring for Survivors Act of 2020. This important legislation would increase Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) payments to an amount equal to 55 percent of the permanent and total disability monthly compensation rate, and would make survivors eligible for DIC after a veteran has consistently held a permanent and total disability rating for five years. This idea was put forth in the Independent Budget Report, co-authored by the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, and Paralyzed Veterans of America. The VFW thanks Rep. Cox and all cosponsors for their efforts to expand survivors’ benefits.” Please contact your federal Representatives and support this bill.
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