Pending Senate Vote on Bill to Improve Many Veteran’s Benefits!

Support Veteran’s Improvements! (S. 1982)
Bill to Improve VA Benefits Moving Fast! (S. 1982)
Senator Bernie Sanders (Vt.) Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee (SVAC) is pushing for a Senate vote on the “Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act” (S. 1982). Included in this veterans omnibus bill are many important provisions that include:

  • Requiring in-state tuition rates at public colleges for all student veterans using Post 9/11GI Bill and MGIB benefits;
  • Extending VA caregiver program to all seriously injured veterans who were injured in the line of duty;
  • Expanding VA health care to include alternative medicine and dental care;
  • Extending from five years to 10 years access to VA health care for recently separated veterans;
  • Repealing a scheduled one-percent COLA cut for future military retirees who joined the military after Jan. 1, 2014;
  • Improving delivery of care for veterans who experience sexual trauma while in military service;
  • Improving protections under the Servicemember Civil Relief Act (SCRA);
  • Allowing two-year funding for the entire VA budget;
  • Renewing veterans retraining assistance; and
  • Allowing “Veterans Status” for reservists who served 20 years but were never mobilized.

Members are urged to use the Action Center to ask their Senators to support this important legislation.