Veterans' Benefits Issues in the 109th Congress [Updated August 4, 2006]   [open pdf - 62KB]

From the Summary: "This report presents a brief overview of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) programs for veterans as well as some of the issues that have been or likely will be subjects of congressional attention during the 109th Congress. In particular, it outlines the veterans benefits provisions that have seen legislative action. Issues concerning the Veterans Health Administration and health care issues are discussed in a companion report, CRS [Congressional Research Service] Report RL32961, 'Veterans' Health Care Issues in the 109th Congress', by Sidath Viranga Panangala. […] The Veterans' Housing Opportunity and Benefits Improvement Act of 2006 (P.L. [Public Law] 109-233) grants disabled veterans more flexibility in adapting their housing to their needs, makes permanent the Native American Veterans' Housing Loan Program, and reauthorizes the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program. It will also transfer responsibility to the Department of Labor for promoting the hiring of veterans and encourage the involvement of employers in its advisory committee. On August 3, 2006, the Senate passed the Veterans' Choice of Representation and Benefits Enhancement Act of 2006 (S. 2694) by unanimous consent."

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CRS Report for Congress, RL33216
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