With congress so divided on everything, it is hard to imagine what type of bill can pass these days and be signed into law. However, this great bipartisan bill proposed by Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) should hit the spot for both sides of the aisle. It provides faster disability payments to soldiers wounded in Afghanistan.
Can you take a few minutes and let your representative know that you support bill HR 6445?
Your voice could make the difference!
A bipartisan bill promises to speed disability payments to troops wounded in Afghanistan, but it must clear a Congress so divided that 96 percent of proposed legislation dies on Capitol Hill.
Inspired by chats with wounded troops at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson, R-Centre County, has proposed HR 6445, the Recovering Service Members Disability Benefits Act. It would exempt active-duty, Reserve and National Guard service members injured in a combat zone from the customary five-month waiting period for Social Security Disability Insurance payments.
This would help the most vulnerable veterans and their families – those troops transitioning out of the military but too sick to work.
These payments, often shortened to “SSDI,” typically augment benefits from the Pentagon and the Department of Veterans Affairs and are provided only to permanently disabled personnel. Social Security expedites claims for wounded troops, but Thompson’s measure would end the waiting period for the disability payments.