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House Representatives Introduce New Bipartisan Bill For Veterans’ Disability Pay Protection

Last week, House Representatives Ruben Gallego and Gus Bilirakis introduced a bipartisan bill to expand veterans’ right to full disability pay. If it passes, many veterans will have an easier time accessing the financial assistance they need without restrictions.

What Would The Restore Veterans’ Compensation Act Do?

The Restore Veterans’ Compensation Act is a comprehensive bill that will overhaul the current laws on offsetting disability pay for certain veterans.

Until now, those who previously received separation, severance, or readjustment pay once they left the military will have to pay the VA back if they qualified for other disability benefits later in life. To offset the total benefit amount these veterans receive from the government, the VA also gives them reduced VA disability payouts for their condition.

But with this bill, the VA would be restricted from offsetting their payments. For example, if you received separation pay after you left the military, you would still receive that plus the total disability payout you’re entitled to.

The new law would also reduce the amount of separation pay a veteran would have to pay back. Instead of the original gross amount, a veteran would only be responsible for the net amount of separation pay. This provision would prevent you from paying the federal government more than you received.

How Would This Bill Help Veterans Going Forward

Rep. Gus Bilirakis stated in a recent press release that the bill would “provide immediate relief for one group of Veterans who have been facing unreasonable financial penalties and unnecessary bureaucratic roadblocks when attempting to access the benefits they have earned.”

Many veterans who suffer injuries while in service have difficulty finding sustainable work. These situations create financial hardship and can leave them unable to pay their monthly bills. For this reason, the Restore Veterans’ Compensation Act would significantly help veterans with disabilities who need assistance.

Instead of penalizing you, the new system would acknowledge that multiple benefits are necessary for you to be more financially stable and improve your quality of life.

Our Attorneys Are Here To Help  

We understand that navigating a disability claim can be stressful. For this reason, hiring an experienced attorney could make successfully receiving benefits much more manageable. Our experienced veterans’ disability lawyers have decades of experience ensuring you receive the benefits you’re entitled to.

If you have questions about your case, please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 855-280-7585 today. We’re here to give you answers and guide you through the entire process. We also invite you to schedule a free consultation where we’ll discuss your situation and determine the best course of action for your case.

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