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Elko Daily: On Capitol Hill: Taking a stand for disabled veterans

Across rural Nevada, veterans play an integral role in our communities. They are innovators, leaders and community builders. For the many Nevadans who wore the uniform to defend our freedoms, it is crucial that we support them after they complete their service to our nation. In particular, we must always support those veterans who became disabled or injured on the battlefield.

For the past 122 years, Congress has repeatedly forced the bravest men and women in our nation — retired, career veterans — to forfeit dollar-for-dollar their retirement pay if they also receive disability pay for an injury that occurred in the line of duty. This is simply wrong, and we owe it to our veterans to do better.

Through my efforts, Congress enacted a 10-year phase-in of concurrent receipt for military retirees whose disability is 50 percent or greater. I have fought hard to ensure that all disabled veterans are fully compensated for their service and I am pleased that the ten-year phase-in period will finally come to bear, providing full concurrent receipt for veterans with a disability rating of 50-90 percent. However, we must finish our work for our nation’s heroes with a rating of 0-40 percent.

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