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Bill would remedy improper taxation of disabled vets’ severance

A veteran and lawyer says the federal government has wrongfully and knowingly taken about $80 million from combat disabled veterans over the past 25 years, and he’s hoping to get a new law passed to fix the problem. Tom Moore, a veteran and a lawyer with the National Veterans Legal Services Program, says the money was basically stolen from about 14,000 vets. Moore says that the lump-sum severance payment for disabled combat veterans is not supposed to be taxed according to federal law, but has been since 1991. [more]

Released 3/21/16 | Tags: Congressional Legislation

Warner seeks to protect combat-injured veterans from being improperly taxed on severance pay

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and John Boozman (R-AR) today introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure that veterans who suffer service-ending combat-related injuries are not improperly taxed on the severance payment they receive from the Department of Defense (DoD). Under federal law, veterans who suffer combat-related injuries and who are separated from the military are not supposed to be taxed on the one-time lump sum disability severance payment they receive from DoD. [more]

Released 3/18/16 | Tags: Congressional Legislation

Pentagon illegally withholding money from wounded soldiers

It probably shouldn’t take an act of Congress to get the U.S. Government to stop illegally taking money from wounded soldiers, but apparently it’s going to. A couple of U.S. senators yesterday introduced The Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act of 2016 to force the Department of Defense to stop withholding money from severance pay to soldiers who are discharged from the military after they are wounded, and are no longer able to be soldiers, Stars and Stripes reported. [more]

Released 3/18/16 | Tags: Congressional Legislation

Warner, Boozman Seek to Protect Combat-Injured Veterans from Being Improperly Taxed on Severance Pay

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and John Boozman (R-AR) today introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure that veterans who suffer service-ending combat-related injuries are not improperly taxed on the severance payment they receive from the Department of Defense (DoD). Under federal law, veterans who suffer combat-related injuries and who are separated from the military are not supposed to be taxed on the one-time lump sum disability severance payment they receive from DoD. [more]

Released 3/17/16 | Tags: Congressional Legislation

Boozman, Warner Seek to Protect Combat-Injured Veterans From Being Wrongfully Deprived

U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-AR) and Mark Warner (D-VA) today introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure that veterans who suffer service-ending combat-related injuries are not taxed on the severance payment they receive from the Department of Defense (DOD). Under federal law, veterans who suffer combat-related injuries and who are separated from the military are not supposed to be taxed on the one-time lump sum disability severance payment they receive from DOD. [more]

Released 3/17/16 | Tags: Congressional Legislation

Bill Would Reimburse Combat-Injured Vets for Taxed Severance Pay

Lawmakers on Thursday filed legislation intended to prevent states from taxing severance pay of combat-injured veterans, which one senator claims has resulted in some $78 million improperly taken from veterans. The money being taxed is the one-time lump sum disability severance pay veterans receive from the Defense Department, a payment that is not supposed to be taxed and would not be but for a glitch with the DoD's automated payment system, according to lawmakers. "Most troubling is that we learned the government had known about this problem for decades yet continued to take this money from thousands of disabled veterans," said Tom Moore, an attorney and manager of the Lawyers Serving Warriors Project at National Veterans Legal Services Program. "The sad truth is that the government essentially stole $78 million from disabled combat veterans because of an accounting problem it's known about for years." [more]

Released 3/17/16 | Tags: Congressional Legislation

Pentagon erroneously withheld $78 million from injured veterans over 25 years

The Pentagon has been deducting money erroneously from combat-wounded veterans’ severance pay for 25 years, an error officials knew about for years and that might have affected upwards of 13,000 troops, according to lawmakers and a veterans advocacy group. Now lawmakers are trying to return the money — estimated to be $78 million — through a bi-partisan bill introduced Thursday. [more]

Released 3/17/16 | Tags: Congressional Legislation

VA gets ‘F’ for Persian Gulf War claims approvals

Richard Spataro, Director of Training and Publications at NVLSP, is quoted in this Military Times article which highlights the declining VA approval rates of disability claims for Persian Gulf War-related illnesses. VA gets 'F' for Persian Gulf War claims approvals [more]

Released 3/16/16 | Tags:

Local veteran wins VA hearing decision

Bill Minnix got some good news on March 1. He was told that a Department of Veterans Affairs hearing in Portland recently had decided his service from February to July in 1973 in the U.S. Air Force is considered honorable for VA purposes. The hearing was focused on the character of Minnix’ discharge from the military in 1973, when he was given a less than honorable discharge. [more]

Released 3/8/16 | Tags:

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