Major Disabled Veterans Benefit Bill Approved By Congress
With Congress’ approval, the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act now awaits the signature of President Obama. The president is expected to sign the bill into law by the end of August, giving many disabled veterans new benefits and resources.
One of the major components of the bill gives veterans and families exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, which may be connected to certain health conditions such as cancer, access to healthcare through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
The bill affects other veterans and their families as well:
- eligibility for surviving spouses of veterans to apply for VA home loans, as well as waived fees for disabled veterans;
- elimination of co-payments for veterans in rural areas who use telehealth remote services;
- new individualized reintegration and rehabilitation services for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI);
- better protection against funeral protesters who attempt to disrupt military funerals;
- new tracking and reporting policies for addressing sexual assault cases at VA facilities; and
- expansion of the VA’s adaptive housing programs to assist veterans with visual disabilities and loss of lower limbs.
These benefits are often available after a disabled veteran applies and is approved for veterans’ disability benefits.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability representative from Disability Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-(800)-800-3332.