Welch supports legislation to improve services and benefits for veterans
Welch today supported and the House passed the Disabled Military Retiree Relief Act of 2009 (H.R. 2990). The bill allows severely disabled veterans to concurrently receive their retiree pay from the Department of Defense and disability benefits from the Veterans Administration.
The House also passed the Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2009 (S. 407) with Welch's support. This bill increases the rates of veterans' disability compensation and dependent compensation as of December 1, 2009.
Lastly, Welch supported and the House passed the Women Veterans Health Care Improvement Act (H.R. 1211), which expands and improves health care services available to women veterans, especially those who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"I'm pleased to support this common-sense legislation, which will help veterans who have sacrificed so much for our country," Welch said. "These bills will ensure we fund veterans' services in a timely manner, provide adequate compensation and support the brave women who have served our country."