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Text of the Veterans’ Benefits Improvement Act of 2008

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on October 10, 2008. The text of the bill below is as of May 15, 2008 (Introduced).

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110th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 3023

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 15, 2008

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs

A BILL

To amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to prescribe regulations relating to the notice to be provided claimants with the Department of Veterans Affairs regarding the substantiation of claims.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Veterans' Notice Clarification Act of 2008.

2.

Regulations on contents of notice to be provided claimants with the Department of Veterans Affairs regarding the substantiation of claims

Section 5103(a) of title 38, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by inserting (1) before Upon receipt; and

(2)

by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(2)
(A)

The Secretary shall prescribe in regulations requirements relating to the contents of notice to be provided under this subsection.

(B)

The regulations required by this paragraph—

(i)

shall specify different contents for notice depending on whether the claim concerned is an original claim, a claim for reopening a prior decision on a claim, or a claim for increase in benefits;

(ii)

may provide additional or alternative contents for notice if appropriate to the benefit or services sought under the claim;

(iii)

shall specify for each type of claim for benefits the general information and evidence required to substantiate the basic elements of such type of claim; and

(iv)

shall specify the timing of the issuance of notice.

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