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New Legislation 

6/15/2011 

 

·         S.951 (Murray, D-WA) would mandate transition counseling for all separating and retiring service men and women. Among other initiatives, it also would extend the period for vocational rehabilitation and employment services for wounded warriors an additional 24 months

·         S.874 (Akaka, D-HI) would pay a surviving spouse any applicable VA disability amount for the month of a veteran's death upon favorable completion of a disability claim pending at the time of the veteran's death

·         S.957 (Boozman, R-AR) would improve rehabilitative services for veterans with traumatic brain injury

·         S.490 (Akaka, D-HI) would extend eligibility for health insurance under the CHAMPVA program to qualifying veterans' children until age 26

·         S.815 (Snowe, R-ME) would increase the distance from military funeral-goers within which protests are prohibited at private or national cemeteries and impose penalties on violators

·         S.491 (Pryor, D-AR) would acknowledge Guard and Reserve retirees as veterans whether or not they had been called to active duty by the Defense Department (many are disqualified now despite state-directed callups to guard borders, airports after 9/11, or remediate effects of natural disasters such as hurricane Katrina and the Gulf oil spill)

·         S.745 (Schumer, D-NY) would permit student-veterans currently enrolled in private colleges in certain states to be 'grandfathered' under 2010 rates for the Post-9/11 GI Bill

·         S.698 (Warner, D-VA) would prohibit advance gravesite reservations at Arlington National Cemetery

·         S.894 (Murray, D-WA) would authorize a 2012 COLA adjustment for VA compensation and pension programs