By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Rep. Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) today presented the Prioritizing Urgent Claims for Veterans Act, H.R. 2382, to the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.
The bill requires the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to give priority status to those veterans who file claims and meet one of the following criteria: 1) have attained the age of 70; 2) are terminally ill; or 3) have a life-threatening illness.
Cook said, “The intent of this legislation is to give priority to veterans who have urgent needs. However, nothing in this legislation would prevent the VA from creating additional priority groups. Until the claims backlog is resolved, we must make it a priority to care for veterans who are most in need of the benefits they have earned in service to our country.”
Cook went on to thank Congresswoman Gloria Negrete McLeod (D-Chino) for co-sponsoring the legislation.
The Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs will vote on the legislation at their next hearing, scheduled for early July.
A member of the House Armed Services, Veterans’ Affairs, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook is a former educator who served as an infantry officer and retired as a Colonel after 26 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was awarded the Bronze Star medal with valor device and two Purple Hearts for actions in combat.