On a previous blog we discussed the new Veteran legislation in Congress regarding burn pit and toxic exposures for service members. That Veteran legislation has recently become contentious due to some accounting issues. The politicians are fighting over the money being spent in the bill and how to account for all the spending.
The Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act, also known as the PACT Act, is supposed to be brought for a vote soon and it is expected that the President would sign it if it passed through Congress. We’re keeping our fingers crossed. But much of the infighting regarding this bill has to do with an unrelated $400 billion in expenses that have been included in the bill.
It’s really a shame that this is happening. This bill was supposed to be used to help our Veterans. But some of the politicians are trying to include some miscellaneous expenses unrelated to Veterans. I really wish that they would quit using this Veteran legislation to try and sneak special interests into the mix.
Other Current Veteran Legislation
In addition to that burn pit and toxic exposure Veteran legislation, there are also about 18 other Veteran bills that are out there. We’ll go over these briefly and discuss what is involved in each where applicable.
Faster Payments to Veterans Survivors Act of 2022
This is a bill that basically tells the VA that they need to be making benefits payments faster. Now why do we need a bill that tells someone that they should be doing their job? Why don’t they just do their job? Pay these Veterans in a timely manner! We shouldn’t need more Veteran legislation for something this simple.
Veterans Compensation Cost of Living Adjustment Act
This bill provides a cost of living increase for Veterans that are already receiving benefits, whether that be Disability Indemnity Compensation (DIC) or Aid and Attendance (VA Pension).
Strengthening VA Cybersecurity Act of 2022
This bill is designed to help secure any online data regarding Veterans and their benefits.
Restore Veterans Dignity Act of 2022
VOICE Act of 2022
Return Home to Housing Act
Home and Community-based Services for Veterans and Caregivers Act
This one is near and dear to my heart. Why do we have homeless Veterans in this country? These people served our country and were out there keeping us free. They were sacrificing time with their families to protect our freedoms. They come back home and they have some issue, and so now they’re homeless? This bill will hopefully help this issue.
VA Cost Savings Enhancements Act
Student Veteran Emergency Relief Act of 2022
Emergency Relief of Servicemembers Act
Why More Veteran Legislation?
While I appreciate the Government’s attempt to help our Veterans, is all this additional Veteran legislation really necessary? If the VA would just do their job in the first place, then we wouldn’t need all these bills that tell the VA how to do their job.
If anything, we need more bills to strengthen the services and the healthcare for our Veterans. When they went to serve, they were promised that the Government would take care of them. They may have been injured during their service or they may need assistance with activities of daily living now that their service is finished.
This is just a brief synopsis of what’s currently happening in Washington regarding Veteran legislation. All the politics involved in this Veteran legislation can make it quite messy, but we’re hoping for the best. And the best is that all the special interests are left aside and that we can focus on taking care of our Veterans who took care of us.
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