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Almost 50,000 Combat-Injured Vets Would Get Increased Benefits Under Proposed Law

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have reintroduced legislation that would provide an estimated 50,000 combat-injured veterans with increased benefits.


The bill, if passed, could add thousands to the pockets of those disabled veterans.


The government would extend full military benefits to combat-injured veterans under the proposal, even those who served less than 20 years.


The House Armed Services Committee has now advanced the bill.


Under the current law, only veterans with disability ratings over 50% and more than 20 years of service are eligible for the full benefits.


“The Major Richard Star Act will fix this policy for medically retired combat veterans by providing them with their full VA disability and DoD retirement payments,” lawmakers stated. The Wounded Warriors Project says that the current law “requires a dollar for dollar offset of these two benefits, meaning they have to forfeit a portion of the benefits they earned in service.”


The new legislation would have broad support from both Republicans and Democrats, along with numerous veterans groups across the nation.


"The Veterans of Foreign Wars is urging Congress to pass the Major Richard Star Act to help put money back in the pockets of Veterans who were forced to retire early from military service because of battlefield injury or illness," stated Steve Kjonaas, who is the legislative director of Veterans of Foreign Wars Colorado.


Ultimately, the passing of this new law would be a solid step in the right direction for veterans. It would allow almost 50,000 more vets to get the full benefits they deserve.


The Major Richard Star Act was brought about thanks to U.S. Army Reserve Maj. Richard Star. Here's more about him and how he helped bring attention to this issue.


Via Denver7:

U.S. Army Reserve Maj. Richard Star served in Afghanistan and Iraq but was forced to retire before reaching the 20-year mark for service. In 2018, he discovered he had lung cancer.
According to the Military Officers Association of America, Star’s cancer diagnosis may have been caused by exposure to toxic burn pits while overseas.
When he learned that he would not earn full benefits, he advocated to members of Congress for himself and other service members who became disabled while serving.
In February 2021, Star died from Stage 4 lung cancer. Lawmakers have named the benefits bill in his honor.




37件のコメント


Kraig Ankiewicz
Kraig Ankiewicz
5月30日

Well I don’t agree that this law should only apply to combat veterans. I am not taking away what they deserve by any means. However, not every military member fought on the battlefield. Numerous military members served in positions behind the scenes and those on the field would not have been able to do their jobs successfully without them. This law is a step in the right direction however, in my humble opinion; any service member with a military related disability should be honored with an entitlement. After all, each one of us took an oath to serve and not all had a choice as to the job they were assigned to do. Still, a disability in any capacity changes…

いいね!

Michael Anthony Hernandez
Michael Anthony Hernandez
5月02日

91 billion bill passed for the wars, and this bill is stuck in congress.

Vets first.

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Michael Pass
Michael Pass
4月12日

I’m DAV of the Vietnam conflict/war. Some where in that country of many toxic gases, and time went by I received Glaucoma. I have check as flare back in my relationships, no Glaucoma, but all the other eye deceases. I was medically retired from the Army with five years to go, May 30, 1984. I miss being promoted to E-8. by one day and I was filling the position of first shift of a medical company.

Michael Pass

April 2024

いいね!

Palina Sulio- Deaver
Palina Sulio- Deaver
4月09日

Anything for Korea Veterans

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James Jones
James Jones
3月05日

I am a disabled Vietnam veteran. I must say I have been treated well by the VA. However, I don't depend upon the VA for all my medical needs, because I am retired Army and have Medicare and Tricare for life. I only go to the VA for my disability related issues.

いいね!
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