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Veterans' Benefits Improvement Act of 2008

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VETERANS' BENEFITS IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2008 -- (House of Representatives - September 24, 2008)

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Mr. DONNELLY. I want to thank the ranking member of the committee, my friend from my home State of Indiana. Our districts actually touch up upon each other, and I'll try to be brief and not use too much of his time.

One key provision in this bill, as amended, would ensure that severely injured veterans released from active duty are able to receive disability benefits immediately for injuries that can be promptly rated while they wait to be assigned a rating for other injuries that are not immediately ratable.

The bill before us would codify temporary ratings for severely injured veterans who have paid a high price on behalf of our country. The passage of this legislation will make temporary ratings a right of our wounded warriors, instead of just an option to be employed by the Veterans Administration.

I want to take a moment to thank my good friend, the chairman of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee, Mr. Hall, for his work on this legislation. I want to thank Chairman Filner and I want to thank Ranking Member Buyer for their assistance and leadership on this issue as well.

We have much work to do to continue to improve the way our disability claims process works for injured veterans. However, S. 3203 represents real change that will directly translate to improved service for those Americans who have fought and sacrificed on behalf of our Nation.

I urge all my colleagues to vote for this bill. I want to thank again the ranking member for his graciousness.

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Mr. DONNELLY. I want to thank the ranking member of the committee, my friend from my home State of Indiana. Our districts actually touch up upon each other, and I'll try to be brief and not use too much of his time.

One key provision in this bill, as amended, would ensure that severely injured veterans released from active duty are able to receive disability benefits immediately for injuries that can be promptly rated while they wait to be assigned a rating for other injuries that are not immediately ratable.

The bill before us would codify temporary ratings for severely injured veterans who have paid a high price on behalf of our country. The passage of this legislation will make temporary ratings a right of our wounded warriors, instead of just an option to be employed by the Veterans Administration.

I want to take a moment to thank my good friend, the chairman of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee, Mr. Hall, for his work on this legislation. I want to thank Chairman Filner and I want to thank Ranking Member Buyer for their assistance and leadership on this issue as well.

We have much work to do to continue to improve the way our disability claims process works for injured veterans. However, S. 3203 represents real change that will directly translate to improved service for those Americans who have fought and sacrificed on behalf of our Nation.

I urge all my colleagues to vote for this bill. I want to thank again the ranking member for his graciousness.

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Mr. DONNELLY. I want to thank the ranking member of the committee, my friend from my home State of Indiana. Our districts actually touch up upon each other, and I'll try to be brief and not use too much of his time.

One key provision in this bill, as amended, would ensure that severely injured veterans released from active duty are able to receive disability benefits immediately for injuries that can be promptly rated while they wait to be assigned a rating for other injuries that are not immediately ratable.

The bill before us would codify temporary ratings for severely injured veterans who have paid a high price on behalf of our country. The passage of this legislation will make temporary ratings a right of our wounded warriors, instead of just an option to be employed by the Veterans Administration.

I want to take a moment to thank my good friend, the chairman of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee, Mr. Hall, for his work on this legislation. I want to thank Chairman Filner and I want to thank Ranking Member Buyer for their assistance and leadership on this issue as well.

We have much work to do to continue to improve the way our disability claims process works for injured veterans. However, S. 3203 represents real change that will directly translate to improved service for those Americans who have fought and sacrificed on behalf of our Nation.

I urge all my colleagues to vote for this bill. I want to thank again the ranking member for his graciousness.

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