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H.R. 464: To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve dependency and indemnity compensation for survivors of certain totally disabled veterans.

The text of the bill below is as of Jan 10, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 464

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 10, 2019

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

A BILL

To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve dependency and indemnity compensation for survivors of certain totally disabled veterans.

1.

Automatic enrollment for dependency and indemnity compensation for survivors of certain totally disabled veterans

(a)

In general

Section 1318(a) of title 38, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by striking The Secretary and inserting (1) The Secretary; and

(2)

by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(2)

In carrying out paragraph (1), the Secretary shall treat a notification of the death of a veteran described in subsection (b) as a claim by the surviving spouse and children of the deceased veteran for benefits under this chapter. The Secretary may not require that such spouse and children file a claim for such benefits.

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(b)

Application

The amendments made by this section shall apply with respect to deaths of veterans occurring on or after the date of the enactment of this Act.