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H.R. 1282: Major Richard Star Act

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Major Richard Star deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kuwait with the U.S. Army Reserves. When he contracted stage 4 lung cancer as a result of burn pits and other damaging environmental conditions overseas, his wife Tonya quit her job to care for him full time.

Then Star encountered an unexpected financial surprise, when he learned that — because he hadn’t reached 20 years in the military — his disability pay from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) would be deducted out of his retirement pay from the Department of Defense.

Star pushed Congress to enact legislation that would remedy this little-known provision, meeting with lawmakers even as he approached the end of his life. He died in February.

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Gus Bilirakis

Sponsor. Representative for Florida's 12th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Feb 24, 2021
Length: 4 pages
Feb 24, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Feb 24, 2021

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255 Cosponsors (159 Democrats, 96 Republicans)

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Feb 24, 2021

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