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S.944: Veterans Health and 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 1 (All Republicans)
Introduced May 14, 2013
Latest Major Action Dec. 9, 2013
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Bill Summary

Veterans Health and Benefits Improvement Act of 2013 - Title I: Survivor and Dependent Matters - (Sec. 101) Extends the period during which additional dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC) will be paid to surviving spouses with children from two years to three years after their entitlement to DIC commences.

(Sec. 102) Provides that the remarriage after age 55 of a veteran's surviving spouse shall not bar the furnishing of Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) DIC, health care, educational assistance, and housing loans to that spouse.

(Sec. 103) Extends the date before which a surviving spouse of a Persian Gulf War veteran must have been married to that veteran to qualify for death benefits from January 1, 2001, to ten years and one day after the Persian Gulf War was terminated.

(Sec. 104) Expands the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship to include surviving spouses of service members who die in the line of duty on or after September 11, 200...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Dec. 9, 2013 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 258.
Dec. 9, 2013 Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Reported by Senator Sanders with an amendment in the nature of a substitute and an amendment to the title. With written report No. 113-123. Minority views filed.
July 24, 2013 Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.
June 12, 2013 Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held. Hearings printed: S.Hrg. 113-111.
May 14, 2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs. (text of measure as introduced: CR S3432-3433)