Legislation would simplify veterans benefits

Bill lets those with 100% disability rating get Social Security benefits early

By Nicole Fuller
Sun Reporter
Originally published July 2, 2007, 8:27 AM EDT


U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes of Maryland has introduced legislation that will streamline the process in which disabled war veterans receive government benefits.

Sarbanes will speak publicly about the pending legislation — the Benefit Rating Acceleration for Veterans Entitlement Act, or BRAVE Act — at a news conference scheduled for 9:30 this morning.

Sarbanes will be joined by Richard Vandervlis, a local veteran who inspired the act, and members of both the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and the Korean War Veterans Association of Baltimore.

The legislation, which has 36 co-sponsors, including U.S. Reps. Elijah E. Cummings, C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger and Chris Van Hollen, will allow a veteran who receives a 100 percent disability rating from the VA to receive Social Security benefits quicker than the prolonged waiting period now in place.

“If you’re a veteran and you’re deemed 100 percent disabled … the Social Security Administration still makes you go through a lengthy process,” said Pia Carusone, a spokeswoman for Sarbanes. “If the VA says you’re 100 percent disabled, the Social Security needs to agree with that, and expedite the process.”

From the Baltimore Sun.


~ by Brad Edwards on July 9, 2007.

2 Responses to “Legislation would simplify veterans benefits”

  1. I have been medically discharged from the Army. I applied for SSI and VA on the same day Feb 30 2008. SSI sent me a letter and payments within one week, now I am being told it could be 1 year wait for the same reiew by the Veterans Affairs. Go figure, is that what they mean by TAKING CARE OF VERERANS

  2. Have You Not Heard The Game in the Military is hury up and wait! Social Security Benits,I have the credits all the requirements except for the fact when I became unemployable was 100% Total & Permanent with an 80% Combat Disabilities Rating. The Dr.’s and Specialist at VA helped submit a claim back in 2004 still fighting to get A & A benefits. VA Brain laps forgot after denials and wife had to quit her job near retirement 27 years to provide Medical Aid and Assistance 24/7. I am alive today because of her extra work beyond the call of regular choirs. Do not hold your breath no hurry always changing procedures and desires for claim

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