Senate VA Committee Advances Two Bills to Expand Veteran Benefits
WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee (SVAC) advanced two bills to provide greater access to health care for veterans who were exposed to toxic substances during their service and to expand select veteran benefits.
S. 4393, the Toxic Exposure in the American Military Act of 2020 (TEAM Act), introduced by Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and co-sponsored by Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Ranking Member of SVAC, would reform the way the Department of Veterans Affairs evaluates and provides care for veterans who were exposed to toxic substances during their military service.
S. 4511, the Veterans Benefits Enhancement Act, would modernize select programs and benefits for servicemembers, veterans, and their families, including education benefits, legal protections, and expanded benefits for survivors and members of the National Guard and Reserve.
“These two important bills help our veterans receive greater access to medical care and the benefits they have earned,” said Chairman Moran. “I will continue working to advance these bills through the Senate to make certain our veterans receive the resources they need to succeed in their life after service.”
“After nearly two years of tireless work by our Coalition, we are grateful to see S. 4393, The TEAM Act of 2020, take another critical step in becoming reality. Servicemembers and veterans who are suffering from Toxic Exposure related illnesses are in desperate need for quality care. We urge the Senate to pass S. 4393 immediately.” – The Toxic Exposures in The American Military Coalition (TEAM)
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