Congress will hear new legislation focusing on creating a Bill of Rights for injured and amputee veterans. The Injured and Amputee Veterans Bill of Rights (H.R. 5730) was introduced by Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, Bob Filner. The National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics and Prosthetics (NAAOP) was in the driver’s seat in drafting the bill to demand stability and uniformity in orthotic and prosthetic benefits across the board in the VA’s health care structure. The hearing will determine whether the bill of rights will be implemented across the country.
At the VA Health Subcommittee Hearing it was very apparent creating a bill of rights for amputee veterans has support from very influential organizations. The more significant supporters for the bill include:
- The Disabled American Veterans (DAV);
- The Paralyzed Veterans of America;
- The American Legion;
- The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW); and
- The Amputee Coalition of America.
Passing this bill will force the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to establish one uniform standard of care for veterans suffering from musculoskeletal injuries and requiring prosthetics and orthotics. The VA health care system will be held to a consistent high level of care, which includes providing the most technologically advanced care available.
Additionally, the NAAOP is pushing for the legislation to include rules forcing the VA to provide every amputee patient with a paper copy of the Bill of Rights and then have the patient acknowledge in writing they read the document. NAAOP is also attempting to establish a system in which the VA’s compliance with the Bill of Rights can be charted.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, contact LaVan & Neidenberg. You may be entitled to certain programs and benefits so contact our veterans disability rights firm today.