Legislation introduced in House to extend benefits to families of veterans impacted by ALS
Excerpt via U.S. House of Representatives - Gil Cisneros
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WASHINGTON, DC – Today on October 18th, Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) and Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), co-chair of the Congressional ALS Caucus, introduced the “The Justice for ALS Veterans Act of 2019.” The bipartisan legislation extends benefits to the surviving spouse and family of a veteran who has passed from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), regardless of how long the veteran had ALS.
“Survivors should not be denied a benefit others receive simply because the service-connected disease their veterans acquired made it nearly impossible for them to meet an eight-year life expectancy requirement,” said Heather Ansley, PVA Associate Executive Director of Government Relations. “We thank Representatives Cisneros and Fitzpatrick for introducing this important legislation, and urge the House to pass it quickly.”