Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Chabot's bill seeks to fix VA glitch

The Enquirer is running a story on a bill Chabot is sponsoring regarding military families that have fallen through a crack in the system. I'm glad someone finally caught it, and the VA committee in the House is expected to support it.

"Survivors like Shauna Moore and Hannah were entitled to a military survivor benefit plan from the Defense Department and so-called dependency indemnity compensation, which is essentially a life-insurance benefit from the Department of Veterans Affairs. But the catch was the Defense Department benefit would be offset by any compensation received from Veterans Affairs.

In November 2003, Congress changed that, passing legislation to benefit the spouses of those killed.

It gave them the option of transferring the Defense Department benefit to their children without losing money.

But the legislation applied only to those killed after Nov. 23, 2003.

The bill Chabot said he would introduce this week - 'Benjamin Moore Surviving Military Spouses' and Children's Equitable Relief" - would change the effective day to Oct. 7, 2001, the beginning of the war in Afghanistan.'"

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