09.17.09

Veterans’ Committee Holds Hearing on Disability Compensation in the 21st Century

“I sincerely hope this is the last hearing we have to hold on this issue.”

Today, the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs held a hearing to discuss how to adapt veterans' disability compensation to better meet the needs of our nation's wounded warriors.

"Veterans deserve a disability system that addresses their needs, and more importantly, helps them achieve full and productive lives," Senator Burr said. "Unfortunately, our current disability system does not meet those tests."

The Committee addressed yet another recent study requested by VA which details how changes suggested by the Dole-Shalala Commission and the Veterans' Disability Benefits Commission could be implemented. Among other recommendations, the commissions stressed the need to emphasize treatment and rehabilitation of injured veterans and to compensate them for loss of quality of life caused by their disabilities.

"Although VA has spent millions of dollars on numerous studies to determine how to make changes to the disability compensation system, they have yet to actually take any action," Burr added. "I sincerely hope this is the last hearing we have to hold on this issue. If the wounded warriors returning from the current conflicts with life altering injuries are not enough motivation to make common sense changes in this system now, I'm not sure what will be."