WASHINGTON, D.C. (PRWEB) July 27, 2012
The Disabled Veterans National Foundation(DVNF), a non-profit organization that exists to help men and women who have emotional and physical wounds as a result of serving our country, is urging passage of a bill that would ease the financial burden on certain retired disabled veterans who receive federal housing aid.
The legislation would help low-income retired veterans who receive a special “aid and attendance” pension for assisted living care. The pension is earmarked for medical and daily living care, but is counted as income for the receiving veterans, creating financial hardship and hindering their ability to pay for their care.
The bill would correct that by exempting aid and attendance benefits as income when the Department of Housing and Urban Development determines veteran housing subsidies. Rep. Joe Heck of Nevada and Rep. Jim Renacci of Ohio introduced the bill after Heck’s advisory council of Southern Nevada veterans brought the issue to his attention, according to the Las Vegas TSG Business News.
“Current policies restrict severely disabled, low income veterans from receiving the resources and support they need,” Heck stated in introducing the bill. “Removing the aid and attendance benefit from the HUD income formula will ensure that resources are going to those most in need.”
DVNF Chief Financial Officer Raegen Rivers agreed that the bill is necessary to fix a pension system that is unjustly administered.
“It’s unfair to provide a deserving and qualifying veteran with a medical pension so they can be provided with assisted living care, and then count it against them as income,” said Rivers. “These low-income, retired veterans are disabled as a result of their selfless service to our country. The DVNF supports this legislation as a way to provide these men and women with the care they need without creating additional financial hardships for them.”
Veterans and surviving spouses can received up to $8,191 in aid and attendance benefits annually to pay for assistance with activities of daily living such as dressing, bathing or eating. Veterans cannot receive both disability compensation and an aid and attendance pension.
About Disabled Veterans National Foundation: The Disabled Veterans National Foundation exists to change the lives of men and women who came home wounded or sick after defending our safety and our freedom. A nonprofit 501c3, DVNF was founded in the fall of 2007 by six women veterans to expand their scope of work within the veteran's community. For more information, visit http://www.dvnf.org.