WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs approved comprehensive legislation to improve health care and benefits for returning servicemembers and veterans from previous eras.
"The bills the Committee has approved today would make significant and far-ranging improvements to the care and benefits veterans have earned through their service," said Senator Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI), Chairman of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
The omnibus health care bill, S. 2969, the Veterans Health Care Authorization Act of 2008, includes the following:
The omnibus benefits bill, S. 3023, the Veterans' Benefits Improvements Act of 2008, includes the following:
In addition to the omnibus veterans' benefits and health care bills, the Committee also approved legislation to provide a cost-of-living increase for disability compensation for veterans and dependency and indemnity compensation for survivors, as well as a bill to make technical corrections to veterans' educational benefits.
The Committee agenda can be viewed here: link
The Chairman's opening statement can be viewed here: link