Bill to Compensate Vets for Loss of Use of Creative Organs

H.R. 4892 would help veterans who have suffered a traumatic injury to their reproductive organs and who, as a result, cannot have children. The bill would provide affected veterans compensation for their injuries totaling $20,000, which could be used at the veteran’s discretion, including for adoption fees or other personal expenses.

Creative Organ

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HR 4892

Gold Star Wives of America, Inc. restrictions

HR 4095 and Senate Companion Bill S 1366: There is one co‐sponsor for the House bill and no co‐sponsors for the Senate bill. This bill will amend the charter of Gold Star Wives of America, Inc. to remove the restriction on the federally charted corporation, and directors and officers of the corporation, attempting to influence legislation.
S 1366
HR 4095

​​ GySgt John David Fry Scholarship extention

S 2661 (Sponsored by Senator Brown ‐ OH) has recently been introduced in the Senate and needs Senators to co‐sponsor this bill.  This bill clarifies the period of eligibility during which certain spouses are entitled to assistance under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship and for other purposes (basically this bill will extend the eligibility time for the early Post 9/11 surviving spouses to use the Fry Scholarship benfit).  The bill on the House side that extends the time period, HR 3016, has passed.  Now we need to help this provision on the Senate side.
S 2661

Military Surviving Spouses Benefits improvement

HR 2539 Military Surviving Spouses Benefits improvement Act of 2015.  (No Senate companion bill yet).  There are 11 co-sponsors for this bill.  The flat rate of DIC compensation (which has not been raised with the exception for Cost of Living since 1993) would be raised from the current $1254.19 to $1598.76 per month which is the equivalent of 55% of the full disabled single veteran's compensation and would bring the surviving military spouse to a level comparable to other federal employees surviving spouses. 
HR 2539

SBP-DIC Offset


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Issue: Under current law (10 USC 1450), survivors of deceased active and retired military
members must forfeit part or all of their military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) annuity when military
service caused the death. This is often referred to as the “widows tax.”
HR 1594
HR 1594: Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act
S 979
S.979 - A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to repeal the requirement for reduction of survivor annuities under the Survivor Benefit Plan by veterans' dependency and indemnity compensation, and for other purposes.

Special Survivor Indemnity extension

H.R.4519 - To amend title 10, United States Code, to provide a five-year extension of the special survivor indemnity allowance provided to widows and widowers of deceased members of the uniformed services affected by required Survivor Benefit Plan annuity offset for dependency and indemnity compensation received under section 1311(a) of title 38, United States Code. (If this expires, these suriving spouses will lose $310 per month.).  It would increase SSIA over five years: $400 in 2018; $475 in 2019; $600 in 2020; $700 in 2021; and $800 in 2022.
HR 4519
HR 4493
H.R. 4493 would increase SSIA to $400 a month for one year in 2018. This bill is a backup bill to H.R. 4519 in case funding for the five-year bill cannot be found. SSIA then would end in 2019 and again have to be addressed if the offset was not eliminated.

The Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015

HR 1769
A bill to establish in the Department of Veterans Affairs a national center for research on the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions of the descendants of Veterans exposed to toxic substances during service in the Armed Forces that are related to that exposure, to establish an advisory board on such health conditions, and for other purposes.
S 901

Tricare Fee Hike

​Fee Hike

Issue: The FY17 DoD budget proposes a health plan that disproportionately raises retiree
TRICARE fees without specific requirements for improved delivery of timely, quality care.
DoD’s plan would rebrand current TRICARE Health Plans into two renamed options and feature:
- Reduced out-of-pocket expenses for active-duty families for in-network care
- New annual enrollment fee ($450/$900 single/family) for TRICARE Standard
- 24% increase in TRICARE Prime enrollment fee
- New means-tested enrollment fee (i.e. percentage of retired pay) for Medicare-eligibles
- Failure to enroll (not currently required except for Prime) means denied coverage for the year
- Provider network would cover 85% of beneficiaries
- Deductible would be doubled for out-of-network care
- Flat-fee in-network provider cost-shares (vs. percentage of provider payment)
- 33% increase in annual cap on out-of-pocket expenses
- Doubling or tripling pharmacy copays over 10 years
- Increasing all fees/copays annually by a health cost index projected to grow 5.2% per year
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Preventing Crimes Against Veterans Act of 2016

On April 12, 2016, the House passed H.R.4676, the Preventing Crimes Against Veterans Act of 2016.  This legislation amends the federal criminal code to declare that any person who knowingly engages in any scheme or artifice to defraud an individual of veterans' benefits, or in connection with obtaining veteran's benefits for that individual, shall be fined, imprisoned not more than five years, or both.
HR 4676