Press release: Rep. Love takes a stand for veteran families

Congresswoman Mia Love has reintroduced the Fair Treatment for Families of Veterans Act (H.R. 1495), which would extend the end date of certain veteran’s benefits.

Currently, these benefits end “the last day of the month before” a veteran dies. Congresswoman Love’s bill would amend this language to extend the benefits to the “last day of the month during which” a veteran dies.

This would provide financial certainty to surviving family members of veterans and prevent the repayment of benefits to the VA.

“I am proud to stand up for veterans and their families by reintroducing this bill. These men and women have made sacrifices so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have today. The least we can do is to keep our promises to them, and I will continue to fight for them to ensure we honor those promises,” Congresswoman Love said.

In 2015, a District 4 constituent was asked to return benefits to the VA 6 months after a recipient’s death, creating hardship for the family. Since then, Congresswoman Love’s office has been made aware of many other families who have suffered a similar situation.

The bill has strong bipartisan support and passed through the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs in the 114th Congress.