Pending Benefits-Related Legislation; Hearing Before the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Ninth Congress, First Sessi
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) ... Show synopsis This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 2006-01-01 edition. Excerpt: ...stroke, diabetes type 2, and osteoporosis. It would also specifically authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to create regulations adding or deleting diseases enumerated in Section 1112(b) on the basis of sound medical and scientific evidence, to include the recommendations from VA's Advisory Committee on Former Prisoners of War. The issue of the welfare and well-being of those veterans who have endured the hardship and trauma of being held as prisoners of war has long been one of the major concerns of the American Legion. We have actively supported improvements and benefits provided to these individuals and their survivors, and we are pleased to support the addition of four conditions specified in this bill to a list of those currently presumed to be service connected. It is hoped that this legislation will provide the impetus for action to further broaden the list of presumptive diseases and disabilities which former prisoners of wars are known to suffer from. Toward this end, we are encouraged that the bill recognizes and emphasizes the important role played by VA's Advisory Committee on Former Prisoners of War. This group of esteemed individuals, many of whom are themselves former POWs, provide the necessary mechanism and forum to evaluate the scientific and medical studies on former POWs to make appropriate recommendations to the Secretary regarding needed changes in VA's outreach, benefits, and medical care program for this community of veterans. Additionally, the American Legion has long supported the elimination of the arbitrary 30-day requirement for internment. Studies have shown that there can be long-lasting and diverse health effects resulting from even a relatively short period of confinement as a prisoner of war....
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