Boozman Acts to Stop Government Bureaucracy from Preventing Veterans with Service-Related Injuries from Access Benefits
Jul 28 2021
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) joined Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) to introduce introduced legislation to make it easier for veterans who have a service-related medical condition to get the benefits they are entitled to. The Brian Neuman VA Clothing Allowance Improvement Act of 2021 would fix current policy that can prevent veterans from accessing these benefits. Currently, veterans must submit yearly proof of their service-related disability to receive the clothing allowance they are entitled to. In 2020, 40,000 veterans received this essential benefit.
“Our bill will improve the VA’s process of administering a clothing allowance to eligible veterans living with service-connected conditions,” Boozman said. “I’m pleased to join this effort and make it easier for veterans to receive this benefit so we can live up to the promises our country made for their service in uniform.”
“If someone is gravely injured in service to this country, they shouldn’t have to drive hours to the local VA each year to file paperwork just to get a benefit the VA already knows they need,” said Cortez Masto. “I’ve always stood up for Nevada’s service men and women, and I’ll continue to work to make it easier for our veterans to access the benefits they’re owed.”
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will provide a clothing allowance to a veteran if a prosthetic, orthopedic device, or medication causes irregular wear or damage to their clothing, or requires them to make expensive alternations to ensure comfort, safety and durability of clothing items. Currently, veterans with service-related conditions have to reapply for this benefit annually. The Brian Neuman VA Clothing Allowance Improvement Act of 2021 would authorize automatic renewal of the benefit until either 1) the veteran chooses to no longer receive it or 2) the VA determines that the veteran is no longer eligible.
The legislation is supported by Wounded Warrior Project, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Blinded Veterans Association, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Disabled American Veterans, Military Officers Association of America, Army Aviation Association of America, The Retired Enlisted Association USCG Chief Petty Officers Association, and The Independence Fund.
Companion legislation is also being introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressmen Mike Levin (D-Calif.-49) and Barry Moore (R-Ariz.-02).