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S.735: Survivor Benefits Improvement Act of 2013

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This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about armed forces and national security
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Sponsor Bernard Sanders, I-Vt.
Total Cosponsors 0
Introduced April 16, 2013
Latest Major Action June 12, 2013
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Bill Summary

Survivor Benefits Improvement Act of 2013 - Allows dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC) paid through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to the surviving spouses of veterans to be increased for months occurring during the five-year (under current law, two-year) period beginning on the date of entitlement.

Provides that the remarriage after age 55 of the surviving spouse of a veteran shall not bar the furnishing of VA DIC, health care, educational assistance, and housing loans.

Authorizes the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide, to any spina bifida-affected child of a veteran who served on active duty in Thailand beginning on January 9, 1962, and ending on May 7, 1975, and was exposed to a herbicide agent during such service, the same health care, vocational training and rehabilitation, and monetary allowance required to be paid to a similarly-affected child of a Vietnam veteran.

Directs the Secretary to carry out a two-year pilot program to as...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
June 12, 2013 Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held. Hearings printed: S.Hrg. 113-111.
April 16, 2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs. (text of measure as introduced: CR S2686-2687)