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Friday, April 27, 2007

Issues Faced By Widows of Iraq Veterans

Here is an excerpt from a Chat session about Veteran's Benefits:

(12:08pm) Barbara C.: We seem to be getting closer to curing the inequity endured by widows of service members who died from a 100% service connected disability whereby, our SBP was eliminated once we were entitled to DIC. This happened to me since the DIC was higher than the SBP that my late husband had selected and paid premiums on. The premiums were refunded to me, without interest. If this bill is passed and enacted into law, how can I have the SBP reinstated to be received along with the DIC?

Ana S.: Barbara I checked with Phil Odom (our new lobbyist on SBP) and he said that there are two bills in Congress that would eliminate the SBP/DIC offset. There is a House bill, H.R. 1589, which would require a proportional amount of SBP back payments based on the life expectancy of the survivor. The Senate bill, S. 935, would prohibit any back payments S. 935 also has a companion bill in the House, H.R. 1927.

So we are waiting to see which bill passes, we hope one does.

CAN YOU IMAGINE A GRIEVING WIDOW TRYING TO MAKE SENSE OUT OF THIS?

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