Bill To Protect Veterans Making Benefit Claims Is Introduced By Wyden And His Colleagues

Bill To Protect Veterans: On Tuesday, Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat representing Oregon, joined colleagues from both parties in introducing legislation that would hold unaccredited organizations that target veterans accountable for their exploitative activities.

Bill To Protect Veterans Making Benefit Claims

“Veterans deserve access that is not just simple but also secure to the benefits that they have earned,” Wyden said. Scammers who charge veterans unapproved fees would be subject to reinstated criminal penalties under the GUARD VA Benefits Act, which would safeguard veterans from being taken advantage of by middlemen seeking to profit from their service.

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I’m going to keep fighting until I’m blue in the face to make sure that veterans in Oregon and across the country have access to the information they need to make educated decisions about their health care.

Bill To Protect Veterans Making Benefit Claims
Bill To Protect Veterans Making Benefit Claims

It is against the law for non-accredited persons or businesses to charge a fee to assist a veteran in the preparation, presentation, or prosecution of a claim for VA benefits. However, because the criminal penalties for violating the legislation were removed from the statute almost twenty years ago, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other federal authorities have limited power to enforce the provision.

The Governing Unaccredited Agents Defrauding (GUARD) VA Benefits Act would bring back criminal penalties for unaccredited claim representatives that collect unlawful fees while assisting someone make a claim for disability benefits.

Senators John Boozman (R-Arkansas) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) were the driving forces behind the measure. Senators Jon Tester (Democrat of Montana), Lindsey Graham (Republican of South Carolina), Lisa Murkowski (Republican of Alaska), Angus King (Independent of Maine), Jacky Rosen (Democrat of Nevada), Bernie Sanders (Independent of Vermont), Sherrod Brown (Democrat of Ohio), Mark Kelly (Democrat of Arizona), Dianne Feinstein (Democrat of California), Amy Klobuchar (Democrat of Minnesota), Maggie Hassan (Democrat of New Hampshire), Michael Bennet (Democrat of Colorado), and Mike.

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