“I am pleased that the Senate passed this much needed legislation. Without it, some servicemembers who suffered traumatic injuries would be denied the same retroactive payment given to their wounded comrades,” said U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI), Chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee and author of this bill.
Among other things, S. 728, as amended, the Veterans’ Benefits Enhancement Act of 2009, would:
• Strengthen life insurance and mortgage insurance programs for disabled veterans;
• Remove the enrollment cap on the number of veterans allowed in VA’s Independent Living program; and
• Ease the burden of proof on veterans seeking to establish that their disabilities are related to their service.