H.R. 32, The Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act (43 comments ↓ | 4 wiki edits: view article ↓)
H.R. 32 would amend title 10, United States Code, to repeal the requirement for reduction of survivor annuities under the Survivor Benefit Plan for military surviving spouses to offset the receipt of veterans dependency and indemnity compensation.
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Status of the Legislation
Latest Major Action: 1/31/2013: Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.
Points in Favor
This is not a welfare bill. This bill helps end the discrimination targeting 121,000 veterans forced into medical retirement due to their service-connected disabilities, prior to serving 20 years, discriminately classifying these veterans as Chapter 61's, and restores some of the earned retirement benefits lost due to the archaic Concurrent Receipt laws.
Veterans, upon retiring, make payments to the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) insurance to protect their spouses and children upon their death. Upon death of the veteran, the spouse receives a percentage of the veteran's retirement pay. These spouses have supported their veterans while they served OUR country, in a sense, serving OUR country as well.
However, if veteran became disabled and received disability compensation, the spouses of the deceased-disabled veterans pay part of their Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) insurance at a dollar-for-dollar ratio to a Deceased Disabled Veterans Tax, (called Concurrent Receipt) depending on the disability percentage of the deceased-disabled veterans from the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA). At 100% disabled, where the veteran was unable to work due to their disability, DoD simply returns the SBP payments made by the veterans instead of honoring the insurance. At 100% disabled, these veteran families were set on a set income, some whom also had to pay their retirement to the Disabled Veterans Tax.
This bill honors the insurance paid by the veterans rather than taxing it in the form of a Deceased Disabled Veterans Tax, and helping to end the some of the discrimination against the Disabled Veterans called Concurrent Receipt.
God Bless America and its Service Members protecting OUR country.
Some people classify this bill as welfare, stating Disabled Veterans need to be punished more and pay the bills for serving OUR country. Even if they pay for this insurance, the payments need to be thrown back into the spouses' faces of these disabled veterans to save the government money at the disabled veterans' expenses.
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