Two very significant bills passed unanimously through the House of Representatives last week. The bills both focused on financial support for needy veterans.
H.R. 4810 is also known as the End Veteran Homelessness Act of 2010. If passed in its current form, this initiative will reinforce programs already in existence that help homeless veterans. This bill spotlights the unique needs of homeless female veterans and those veterans with children. On any night, the amount of homeless veterans across the country numbers approximately 131,000.
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric Shinseki has said since the beginning of his term he has planned on ending the existence of homeless veterans. The unanimous passing of this bill echoes his feelings, and shows he is not the only one who finds this situation deplorable. U.S. Congressman Ciro Rodriguez (TX-23), of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, referred to this situation as “reprehensible” and went on to say having a place to live is a fundamental right all veterans deserve.
H.R. 4667 is named the Veteran’s Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2010. This bill focuses on those veterans with disabilities that are service-related and raises the amount of compensation they are given. It will become effective December 1, 2010 and also increases the rates received for:
- Dependents; and
- Indemnification for survivors of specific disabled veterans.
These were not the only veteran-related bills included in this House session. The EARNED Act allows veterans who retired between specific dates after serving active duty for at least 20 years to shift earned education benefits to his or her dependents. The Advanced Appropriations Bill aids the VA in helping veterans and their families. This Bill distributes the VA their budget every two years as opposed to annually.
Veterans who have served this country should be able to depend on their country to serve them when they are in need of assistance. Bills like these will help veterans and their dependents. Hopefully helpful bills will continue to be introduced and passed giving veterans the benefits and resources they deserve.
Learn more about legislation being passed benefiting veterans and their families.
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.