Representative Ann Kirkpatrick (D – AZ) fought for the passage of two new bills this last year in support of veterans. The two bills passed through Congress last week and will head to President Obama’s office for his signature. The Senate passed both bills and the House passed them as part of the Veterans Benefits Act of 2010 (H.R. 3219). Both of these bills, while part of a much larger package, are vital for soldiers and veterans.
The Veterans/Service Members Life Insurance Equity Act ensures returning soldiers and veterans continue to receive life insurance choices competitive with private sector offerings. The other bill, a bill re-authorizing the Veterans’ Advisory Committee on Education (VACE), seeks to guarantee veterans receive top level educational benefits.
Rep. Kirkpatrick doesn’t fight just to provide services to veterans. Her goal is to ensure those deserved and earned benefits are at the highest quality of service possible. VACE consists of a panel of experts who serve to advise the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on how to maximize educational benefits and help veterans launch new careers. Passing this bill guarantees VACE’s existence for 5 more years. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will continue to advance and improve their Post-9/11 GI Bill during this time.
Through the Accelerated Benefits Options (ABO) the Veterans/Service Members Life Insurance Act will allow veterans and soldiers to draw money against their life insurance benefits if they receive a terminal illness diagnosis. Many ABO’s limit the amount of money paid out to veterans and soldiers, and base this limit on current market conditions. Most private sector policies will not allow this to happen. This act prevents this practice as well by forcing ABOs to keep consistent with common insurance practices.
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