TAKE ACTION: What is H.R.303 and Why You Care

Guest blog by: Kade Patterson

 H.R.303 allows veterans with disabilities to receive retirement pay and disability compensation

Our Veterans with disabilities and their families need you! Please, reach out to your elected officials and make sure they have Veterans best interest at heart!

The H.R.303 bill being proposed will allow for the receipt of both military retired pay and veterans’ disability compensation with respect to any service-connected disability (currently, only for a disability rated at 50% or more), and (2) repeals provisions phasing in the full concurrent receipt of such pay through December 31, 2013. We need to ensure that Veterans are financially protected and able to receive both their VA disability compensation, retirement and/or combat-related special pay.

Think of it this way, Union employees receive retirement pay and social security disability if injured on the job. Shouldn’t Veterans be given the same coverage?

The H.R.303 bill is an important bill for all military personnel their families. A little known proposal to abolish concurrent retirement and disability pay is being considered by the Congressional Budget Committee. Yes elimination of concurrent payment would save billions, but it would be at the detriment of those who have already given so much.

Veterans today face a uncertainty when it comes down to their benefits. A compensation appointment could negatively affect someone’s disability pay  if a doctor or specialist decide a disability has improved. While that’s an issue in itself, Veterans receiving retirement pay, or combat related specialty pay, should have their retirement pay to fall back on if their disability benefits are reduced. Ensuring Veterans are protected by Bill H.R. 303 is critical to the financial well-being of our disabled veterans.

As a Veteran, I know I will be calling, and emailing and sending letters to my elected officials in Indiana, I hope you will too!

To find contact information for your local elected officials CLICK HERE

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