67th Girls Nation Congress
To allow for easier, accurate, and expeditious accessibility to military disability benefits.
IN THE SENATE OF GIRLS NATION
Senators Wright and Hagerty of North Carolina and Senators Hicks and Letterman of Arizona introduced the following bill; which was referred to committee.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE SENATE OF GIRLS NATION ASSEMBLED.
SECTION 1. TITLE
This act may be referred to as the "Veteran Benefits Reform Act".
SECTION 2. PURPOSE
The Veteran Benefits Reform Act will provide a more efficient system of providing benefits to those service members (and their families) in need that were injured while serving in the United States Military.
SECTION 3. DEFINITIONS
A veteran is a person who is honorably discharged from military service.
Service connected injuries and or disabilities pertain to injuries received while serving on active duty.
Benefits pertain to any entitlement granted by the Department of Veteran Affairs, which may include permanent or temporary compensation.
A claim provides medical evidence and or witnesses to substantiate a veteran's injuries and or disabilities. Document can be filed online, telephonic, mailed in, e-mailed, in person, or proxy.
SECTION 4. MILITARY DISABILITY BENEFITS REFORM ACT
The Veteran Benefits Reform Act entails that:
(A) The United States Department of Veteran's Affairs, specifically the Veterans
Benefits Administration, enacts a reform in the disbursement of disability benefits
to those injured while serving in the military to include:
(1) Easier and more efficient procedures, as well as an accurate and expeditious
process for those injured while serving in the United States Military in
receiving owed benefits, per established law.
(2) The required number of days for the benefit rating decision to be complete
and rendered to the individual service member shall not exceed 60 business
(A) VA will assist the veterans on a need base precedence.
SECTION 5. EFFECTIVE DATE
This act shall be effective for all veterans of the United States Military eligible for disability compensation on January 1, 2014.
"Just knowing an organization like the American Legion Auxiliary exists, providing support to our military and our families even when we're gone, makes a world of difference."
- ALA member and Indiana National Guard Col. Marilyn Moores