H.R. 797 (110th): Dr. James Allen Veteran Vision Equity Act of 2007

Feb 05, 2007 (110th Congress, 2007–2009)
Signed by the President
Slip Law:
This bill became Pub.L. 110-157.
Tammy Baldwin
Representative for Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district
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Last Updated
Dec 18, 2007
6 pages
Related Bills
H.Res. 855 (Related)
Dr. James Allen Veteran Vision Equity Act of 2007

Agreed To (Simple Resolution)
Dec 11, 2007

S. 1163 (Included-In)
Blinded Veterans Paired Organ Act of 2007

Reported by Committee
Last Action: Jun 27, 2007


This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on December 26, 2007.

Introduced Feb 05, 2007
Referred to Committee Feb 05, 2007
Reported by Committee Mar 15, 2007
Passed House Mar 21, 2007
Passed Senate with Changes Nov 02, 2007
Senate Agreed to Changes Dec 17, 2007
Signed by the President Dec 26, 2007
Full Title

An act to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve low-vision benefits matters, matters relating to burial and memorial affairs, and other matters under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.


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On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended
Mar 21, 2007 5:30 p.m.
Passed 424/0

64 cosponsors (49D, 15R) (show)

House Veterans' Affairs

Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs

Senate Veterans' Affairs

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12/26/2007--Public Law.
Dr. James Allen Veteran Vision Equity Act of 2007 -
Title I - Low-Vision Benefits Matters
Section 101 -
Modifies the standard for awarding disability compensation to veterans for loss of vision to require payment of compensation for impairment of vision due to a service-connected disability resulting in 20/200 (currently, 5/200) visual acuity or less.
Section 102 -
Modifies the above standard in the case of impairment of vision (currently, blindness) involving both eyes due to a service-connected disability in one eye and a non-service-connected disability in the other eye to require payment in the case of impairment resulting in a visual acuity of 20/200 or less or of a peripheral field of 20 degrees or less in each eye.
Title II - Matters Relating to Burial and Memorial Affairs
Section 201 -
Authorizes the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, in lieu of furnishing a headstone or marker for the grave of certain individuals buried in a private cemetery, to furnish a medallion or other device to signify the deceased's status as a veteran, to be attached to a headstone or marker furnished at private expense.
Section 202 -
Repeals, as of October 1, 2006, the time limit for a state's filing of a request for reimbursement for interment costs for veterans buried in cemeteries other than national cemeteries.
Authorizes the Secretary to make a grant to a state for operating and maintaining a veterans' cemetery owned by such state. Limits to $5 million the amount of such grants awarded in a fiscal year.
Section 203 -
Makes permanent the authority of the Secretary to furnish government headstones or markers for the burial of veterans at private cemeteries.
Title III - Other Matters
Section 301 -
Requires the Secretary to provide the Secretary of Health and Human Services with information for comparison with the National Directory of New Hires for income verification purposes in order to determine eligibility for certain veteran benefits and services.
Requires the Secretary to:
(1) seek only the minimum information necessary to make such determination;
(2) receive prior written consent of the individual before seeking, using, or disclosing any such information;
(3) independently verify any information received prior to terminating, denying, or reducing a benefit or service; and
(4) allow an opportunity for an individual to contest negative findings.
Terminates such authority at the end of FY2011.
Section 302 -
Extends, through June 30, 2010, the Secretary's authority to provide an educational allowance to persons performing qualifying work-study activities.

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