H. R. 1083
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
February 17, 2023
Mrs. Hayes (for herself and Mr. Fitzpatrick) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs
To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve and to expand eligibility for dependency and indemnity compensation paid to certain survivors of certain veterans, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Caring for Survivors Act of 2023.
Increase in amount of dependency and indemnity compensation for surviving spouses
Section 1311(a) of title 38, United States Code, is amended in paragraph (1), by striking
of $1,154 and inserting
equal to 55 percent of the rate of monthly compensation in effect under section 1114(j) of this title.
Except as provided by paragraph (2), the amendments made by subsection (a) shall apply with respect to compensation paid under chapter 13 of title 38, United States Code, for months beginning after the date that is six months after the date of the enactment of this Act.
Special rule for certain individuals
For months beginning after the date that is six months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall pay to an individual described in subparagraph (B) dependents and survivors income security benefit under section 1311 of title 38, United States Code, in the monthly amount that is the greater of the following:
The amount determined under subsection (a)(3) of such section 1311, as in effect on the day before the date of the enactment of this Act.
The amount determined under subsection (a)(1) of such section 1311, as amended by subsection (a).
An individual described in this subparagraph is an individual eligible for dependents and survivors income security benefit under section 1311 of title 38, United States Code, that is predicated on the death of a veteran before January 1, 1993.
Modification of requirements for dependency and indemnity compensation for survivors of certain veterans rated totally disabled at time of death
Section 1318 of title 38, United States Code, is amended—
in subsection (a)—
The Secretary and inserting
(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), the Secretary; and
by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
In any case in which the Secretary makes a payment under paragraph (1) of this subsection by reason of subsection (b)(1) and the period of continuous rating immediately preceding death is less than 10 years, the amount payable under paragraph (1) of this subsection shall be an amount that bears the same relationship to the amount otherwise payable under such paragraph as the duration of such period bears to 10 years.
in subsection (b)(1), by striking
10 or more years and inserting
five or more years.