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Veteran Legislation Report for the week of June 23, 2017

The 2017 Oregon Legislative Session began February 1, 2017 and will run as late as July 9 (160 days). 

Every Friday during session, ODVA will send out a report with the status of new and existing bills impacting the veteran community. More information on tracking bills and following committees is below.

Download Latest Bill Digest

NOTE – The following bills have been removed from the Bill Digest report from April 21st on, as they did not meet deadlines for scheduling and are no longer viable for the 2017 session:

  • HB 2488 – Requires Higher Education Coordinating Commission to adopt rules prioritizing award of Oregon Promise program grants to persons serving in Oregon National Guard who have completed initial active duty training.
  • HB 2520 – Requires Housing and Community Services Department to take into account counties from which document recording or filing fees are charged and collected in making distributions from General Housing Account, Emergency Housing Account and Home Ownership Assistance Account.
  • HB 2689 – Establishes Task Force on Innovative Housing Strategies for Veterans.
  • HB 2847 – Directs Department of Veterans’ Affairs to develop program under which department, pursuant to contract with financial institution, provides loan guarantees or credit guarantees for qualified veterans for purpose of refinancing existing purchase-money mortgages or similar mortgages of homes used primarily as principal residence by veterans.
  • HB 2892 – Directs Department of Veterans’ Affairs to conduct statewide study regarding veteran-owned small businesses no later than July 1, 2018.
  • HB 3328 – Modifies law regarding requirement that public employer grant preference to veteran or disabled veteran in selection process for civil service position.
  • HB 3431 – Requires hospital that contracts or affiliates with coordinated care organization to provide hospital, oral and specialty care to low income children and veterans who meet specified criteria.
  • SB 130 – Waives fees for obtaining medical marijuana card for veterans who have total disability rating of at least 50 percent as result of injury or illness incurred or aggravated during active military service, and who received discharge or release under other than dishonorable conditions.
  • SB 320 – Appropriates moneys from General Fund to Oregon Military Department for Oregon Military Museum.
  • SB 456 – Enacts Emergency Medical Services Personnel Licensure Interstate Compact.
  • SB 480 – Directs Department of Transportation to establish Support Our Troops registration plate program for issuance of special registration plate.
  • SB 572 – Directs Department of Veterans’ Affairs to establish employment bridge program for veterans seeking to obtain certain professional and occupational licenses.
  • SB 670 – Reduces required age for concealed handgun license applicant to 18 years of age if applicant is servicemember.
  • SB 676 – Requires organization that has related apprenticeship program to give credit toward apprenticeship for qualifying individuals who obtained experience in plumbing, pipefitting, steamfitting or heating ventilation air conditioning while in active duty in the armed forces.
  • SB 681 – Exempts federal and state military personnel from laws establishing crime of unlawful possession of firearm when engaged in official functions on military property.
  • SB 705 – Makes resident uniformed services hunting license free.
  • SB 852 – Directs Department of Veterans’ Affairs to submit report to interim legislative committees, no later than July 1, 2018, regarding delivery of veterans’ services.
  • SB 853 – Directs Department of Veterans’ Affairs to conduct statewide study regarding veteran-owned small businesses no later than July 1, 2018.
  • SB 991 – Directs Department of Transportation to issue Oregon Wounded Warrior parking permits to qualified applicants.

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Veteran Legislation Report for the week of May 5, 2017

The 2017 Oregon Legislative Session began February 1, 2017 and will run as late as July 9 (160 days). 

Every Friday during session, ODVA will send out a report with the status of new and existing bills impacting the veteran community. More information on tracking bills and following committees is below.

NOTE – The following bills have been removed from the Bill Digest report from April 21st on, as they did not meet deadlines for scheduling and are no longer viable for the 2017 session:

  • HB 2488 – Requires Higher Education Coordinating Commission to adopt rules prioritizing award of Oregon Promise program grants to persons serving in Oregon National Guard who have completed initial active duty training.
  • HB 2520 – Requires Housing and Community Services Department to take into account counties from which document recording or filing fees are charged and collected in making distributions from General Housing Account, Emergency Housing Account and Home Ownership Assistance Account.
  • HB 2689 – Establishes Task Force on Innovative Housing Strategies for Veterans.
  • HB 2847 – Directs Department of Veterans’ Affairs to develop program under which department, pursuant to contract with financial institution, provides loan guarantees or credit guarantees for qualified veterans for purpose of refinancing existing purchase-money mortgages or similar mortgages of homes used primarily as principal residence by veterans.
  • HB 2892 – Directs Department of Veterans’ Affairs to conduct statewide study regarding veteran-owned small businesses no later than July 1, 2018.
  • HB 3328 – Modifies law regarding requirement that public employer grant preference to veteran or disabled veteran in selection process for civil service position.
  • HB 3431 – Requires hospital that contracts or affiliates with coordinated care organization to provide hospital, oral and specialty care to low income children and veterans who meet specified criteria.
  • SB 130 – Waives fees for obtaining medical marijuana card for veterans who have total disability rating of at least 50 percent as result of injury or illness incurred or aggravated during active military service, and who received discharge or release under other than dishonorable conditions.
  • SB 320 – Appropriates moneys from General Fund to Oregon Military Department for Oregon Military Museum.
  • SB 456 – Enacts Emergency Medical Services Personnel Licensure Interstate Compact.
  • SB 480 – Directs Department of Transportation to establish Support Our Troops registration plate program for issuance of special registration plate.
  • SB 572 – Directs Department of Veterans’ Affairs to establish employment bridge program for veterans seeking to obtain certain professional and occupational licenses.
  • SB 670 – Reduces required age for concealed handgun license applicant to 18 years of age if applicant is servicemember.
  • SB 676 – Requires organization that has related apprenticeship program to give credit toward apprenticeship for qualifying individuals who obtained experience in plumbing, pipefitting, steamfitting or heating ventilation air conditioning while in active duty in the armed forces.
  • SB 681 – Exempts federal and state military personnel from laws establishing crime of unlawful possession of firearm when engaged in official functions on military property.
  • SB 705 – Makes resident uniformed services hunting license free.
  • SB 852 – Directs Department of Veterans’ Affairs to submit report to interim legislative committees, no later than July 1, 2018, regarding delivery of veterans’ services.
  • SB 853 – Directs Department of Veterans’ Affairs to conduct statewide study regarding veteran-owned small businesses no later than July 1, 2018.
  • SB 991 – Directs Department of Transportation to issue Oregon Wounded Warrior parking permits to qualified applicants.

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Call to Action

Dear Members,

Rep. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr., D-GA., has introduced H.R. 333, the “Disabled Veterans Tax Termination Act,” would provide all military retirees having a service-connected disability rating (including those who have been medically retired) concurrent receipt regardless of their VA disability rating level.

Currently military retirees with a service-connected disability of at least 50 percent (as rated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) can concurrently receive all of their military retirement pay and all of their VA disability compensation without offset.  Unfortunately, those with disabilities rated below 50 percent lose one retirement dollar for each compensated dollar received from the VA.  Additionally, those retirees whose careers terminated due to medical conditions, are not eligible for concurrent receipt at all.  It is time to correct this unfair situation.

The Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA) members are requested to contact their Representative in Washington to urge support of this important legislation and solve the problem once and for all.

Send letter here: Full Concurrent Receipt For All Military Retirees Introduced
Social Media: Full Concurrent Receipt For All Military Retirees Introduced

Become a member here: Join NCOA

 

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Press Release – May 5, 2016

Burial Benefits Effective July 7, 2014: VA (changed) its monetary burial benefits regulations to simplify the program and pay eligible survivors more quickly and efficiently. These regulations will authorize VA to pay, without a written application, most eligible surviving spouses basic monetary burial benefits at the maximum amount authorized in law through automated systems rather than reimbursing them for actual costs incurred.

  • Under the current regulations, VA pays for burial and funeral expenses on a reimbursement basis, which requires survivors to submit receipts for relatively small one-time payments that VA generally pays at the maximum amount permitted by law.
  • The new burial regulations will permit VA to pay, at a flat rate, burial and plot or interment allowances thereby enabling VA to automate payment of burial benefits to most eligible surviving spouses and more efficiently process other burial benefit claims.
  • The burial allowance for a non-service-connected death is $300, and $2,000 for a death connected to military service.

Benefit Service-related Death VA will pay up to $2,000 toward burial expenses for deaths on or after September 11, 2001, or up to $1,500 for deaths prior to September 11, 2001. If the Veteran is buried in a VA national cemetery, some or all of the cost of transporting the deceased may be reimbursed. Non-service-related Death VA will pay up to $700 toward burial and funeral expenses for deaths on or after October 1, 2011 (if hospitalized by VA at time of death), or $300 toward burial and funeral expenses (if not hospitalized by VA at time of death), and a $700 plot-interment allowance (if not buried in a national cemetery). For deaths on or after December 1, 2001, but before October 1, 2011, VA will pay up to $300 toward burial and funeral expenses and a $300 plot-interment allowance. For deaths on or after April 1, 1988 but before October 1, 2011, VA will pay $300 toward burial and funeral expenses (for Veterans hospitalized by VA at the time of death).An annual increase in burial and plot allowances for deaths occurring after October 1, 2011 begins in fiscal year 2013 based on the Consumer Price Index for the preceding 12-month period.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • You paid for a Veteran’s burial or funeral, AND
  • You have not been reimbursed by another government agency or some other source, such as the deceased Veteran’s employer, AND
  • The Veteran was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable, AND
  • The Veteran died because of a service-related disability, OR
  • The Veteran was receiving VA pension or compensation at the time of death, OR
  • The Veteran was entitled to receive VA pension or compensation, but decided not to reduce his/her military retirement or disability pay, OR
  • The Veteran died while hospitalized by VA, or while receiving care under VA contract at a non-VA facility, OR
  • The Veteran died while traveling under proper authorization and at VA expense to or from a specified place for the purpose of examination, treatment, or care, OR
  • The Veteran had an original or reopened claim pending at the time of death and has been found entitled to compensation or pension from a date prior to the date or death, OR
  • The Veteran died on or after October 9, 1996, while a patient at a VA-approved state nursing home.

NOTE: VA does not pay burial benefits if the deceased:

  • Died during active military service, OR
  • Was a member of Congress who died while holding office, OR
  • Was a Federal prisoner

Evidence Requirements:

  • Acceptable proof of death as specified in 38 CFR 3.211., AND
  • Receipted bills that show that you made payment in whole or part, OR
  • A statement of account, preferably on the printed billhead of the funeral director or cemetery owner. The statement of account must show:
  • The name of the deceased Veteran for whom the services and merchandise were furnished, AND
  • The nature and cost of the services and merchandise, AND
  • All credits, AND
  • The amount of the unpaid balance, if any

How to Apply:

  • Complete and submit a VA Form 21-530, Application for Burial Allowance. You can find an office on our Facility Locator page, OR
  • Apply online using eBenefits, OR
  • Work with an accredited representative or agent, OR
  • Go to a VA regional office and have a VA employee assist you. You can find your regional office on our Facility Locator page.

For more information on how to apply and for tips on making sure your claim is ready to be processed by VA, visit our How to Apply page. Additional Information Other information regarding VA burial benefits such as flags, headstones and markers is provided by the National Cemetery Administration. SOURCE:  VA News Release at http://www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/claims-special-burial.asp

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