H.R.797 - Dr. James Allen Veteran Vision Equity Act

To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve compensation benefits for veterans in certain cases of impairment of vision involving both eyes, and for other purposes. view all titles (8)

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  • Official: To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve compensation benefits for veterans in certain cases of impairment of vision involving both eyes, and for other purposes. as introduced.
  • Official: To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve compensation benefits for veterans in certain cases of impairment of vision involving both eyes, to provide for the use of the National Directory of New Hires for income verification purposes, to extend the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide an educational assistance allowance for qualifying work study activities, and to authorize the provision of bronze representations of the letter "V" for the graves of eligible individuals buried in private cemeteries in lieu of Government-provided headstones or markers. as amended by house.
  • Official: An act to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve low-vision benefits matters, matters relating to burial and memorial affairs, and other matters under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes. as amended by senate.
  • Short: Dr. James Allen Veteran Vision Equity Act as passed house.
  • Short: Blinded Veterans Paired Organ Act of 2007 as passed senate.
  • Short: Dr. James Allen Veteran Vision Equity Act of 2007 as enacted.
  • Short: Dr. James Allen Veteran Vision Equity Act as reported to house.
  • Short: Dr. James Allen Veteran Vision Equity Act as introduced.

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Result: Passed - March 21, 2007

Roll call number 175 in the House

Question: On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended: H R 797 Dr. James Allen Veteran Vision Equity Act

 

Official Summary

Dr. James Allen Veteran Vision Equity Act of 2007 - Title I: Low-Vision Benefits Matters - (Sec. 101) Modifies the standard for awarding disability compensation to veterans for loss of vision to require payment of compensation for impairment of vision due to a service-connected disability r

Official Summary

Dr. James Allen Veteran Vision Equity Act of 2007 - Title I: Low-Vision Benefits Matters -

(Sec. 101)

Modifies the standard for awarding disability compensation to veterans for loss of vision to require payment of compensation for impairment of vision due to a service-connected disability resulting in 20/200 (currently, 5/200) visual acuity or less.

(Sec. 102)

Modifies the above standard in the case of impairment of vision (currently, blindness) involving both eyes due to a service-connected disability in one eye and a non-service-connected disability in the other eye to require payment in the case of impairment resulting in a visual acuity of 20/200 or less or of a peripheral field of 20 degrees or less in each eye. Title II: Matters Relating to Burial and Memorial Affairs -

(Sec. 201)

Authorizes the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, in lieu of furnishing a headstone or marker for the grave of certain individuals buried in a private cemetery, to furnish a medallion or other device to signify the deceased's status as a veteran, to be attached to a headstone or marker furnished at private expense.

(Sec. 202)

Repeals, as of October 1, 2006, the time limit for a state's filing of a request for reimbursement for interment costs for veterans buried in cemeteries other than national cemeteries. Authorizes the Secretary to make a grant to a state for operating and maintaining a veterans' cemetery owned by such state. Limits to $5 million the amount of such grants awarded in a fiscal year.

(Sec. 203)

Makes permanent the authority of the Secretary to furnish government headstones or markers for the burial of veterans at private cemeteries. Title III: Other Matters -

(Sec. 301)

Requires the Secretary to provide the Secretary of Health and Human Services with information for comparison with the National Directory of New Hires for income verification purposes in order to determine eligibility for certain veteran benefits and services. Requires the Secretary to:
(1) seek only the minimum information necessary to make such determination;
(2) receive prior written consent of the individual before seeking, using, or disclosing any such information;
(3) independently verify any information received prior to terminating, denying, or reducing a benefit or service; and
(4) allow an opportunity for an individual to contest negative findings. Terminates such authority at the end of FY2011.

(Sec. 302)

Extends, through June 30, 2010, the Secretary's authority to provide an educational allowance to persons performing qualifying work-study activities.

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