Summary: S.2913 — 97th Congress (1981-1982)All Information (Except Text)

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Indefinitely postponed in Senate (09/24/1982)

(Measure indefinitely postponed in Senate, H.R. 6782 passed in lieu)

Veterans' Compensation, Education, and Employment Amendments of 1982 - Title I: Compensation and Dependency and Indemnity Compensation Rate Increases and Program Improvements - Increases the rates of: (1) disability compensation; (2) additional compensation for dependents; (3) the clothing allowance for for certain disabled veterans; (4) dependency and indemnity compensation for surviving spouses; (5) dependency and indemnity compensation for children; and (6) supplemental dependency and indemnity compensation for children.

Entitles veterans with service-connected total blindness without light perception in both eyes to the same rate of monthly compensation as is paid for the anatomical loss of both eyes.

Extends dependency and indemnity compensation to survivors of veterans who were entitled to but because of error did not receive service-connected disability compensation.

Supersedes specified provisions of the Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1982 concerning compensation.

Title II: Amendments of Veterans' Education and Rehabilitation Programs - Permits the Administrator of Veterans' Affairs to station veterans benefits counselor's at locations other than Veterans' Administration offices including schools.

Permits the payment of a subsistence allowance to a veteran pursuing a rehabilitation program while residing in a halfway house or participating in a work-release program.

Increases from $75 to $100 the maximum monthly deduction from a persons military pay for contribution to a matching fund for educational assistance.

Provides for the transfer of funds from the Secretary of a military department to the Administrator for the administration of an educational assistance program.

Repeals the ten year delimiting period for the use of educational assistance for veterans who are dishcarged or released from duty after December 31, 1979. Directs the Secretary of Defense to reimburse the Administrator for educational assistance paid out after December 31, 1989.

Eliminates the requirement that a vocational school prove 50 percent employment among its graduates to prevent the Administrator's disapproving a veteran's enrollment.

Prohibits the Administrator from approving the enrollment of an eligible veteran or person in any sales or sales management course which does not provide specialized training.

Prohibits the payment of anything but a books and supplies allowance for non-tuition courses.

Permits the Administrator to discontinue educational assistance to eligible veterans and persons enrolled at institutions or in courses with uncorrected violations of specified requirements.

Lessens the detail required in the Administrator's annual report to Congress on the default of educational loans.

Tolls the delimiting period for any veteran prevented from participating in a vocational rehabilitation program because of an alcohol or drug dependence or abuse condition.

Requires (at present, only permits) the Administrator to provide educational assistance to Vietnam era veterans in apprenticeship or on-the-job training programs, or in courses with approved vocational objectives, unless a particular veteran does not need such a program or course to obtain suitable and stable employment. Requires publication in the Federal Register of proposed regulations implementing this requirement within 30 days after enactment of this Act.

Title III: Veterans Employment Amendment - Requires that priority in jobs training programs be given to disabled and Vietnam era, veterans.

Changes the position of State veterans' employment representative to that of State Director Veterans' Employment. Makes such directors functionally for responsible for supervising the participation of veterans in Federal employment and training programs, job listings, discrimination complaints, and other specified duties.

Requires the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veterans' Employment to supervise the use of funds in the disabled veterans' outreach program. Permits a waiver of limitation on the percentage of outreach specialists which shall be stationed at local employment service offices in a State. Requires outreach socialists to develop programs with the Veterans Administration vocational rehabilitation staff and others to assure maximum assistance to veterans. Directs the Assistant Secretary to monitor the employment of such specialists.

Directs the Secretary of Labor to estimate the funds necessary for the administration of the employment training and reemployment rights programs, including the amounts necessary to fund the disabled veterans' outreach program specialists. Requires the Secretary's annual report to include a report on actitivities under such program.

Requires each Federal contractor who must take affirmative action to employ such veterans to make annual reports on the number and characteristics of new hires with the State veterans' employment director.

Directs the Secretary, through the Assistant Secretary, to assist in the placement of veterans using existing Federal and State agencies.

Repeals the exemplary rehabilitation certificates program.

Title IV: Miscellaneous Improvements - Sets forth the conditions under which the assignee of a beneficiary of a National Service Life Insurance policy or a U.S. Government Life Insurance policy may resolve disputes concerning the proceeds.

Eliminates the four year cut-off payment of claims under the Servicemen's Group Life Insurance and Veterans' Group Life Insurance programs.

Prohibits the escheat of payments to the State.

Directs the Administrator to pay the burial expenses of certain veterans of war whose bodies are held by a State and not claimed.

Permits the Administrator to guarantee a loan to refinance an existing loan for the purchase of a manufactured home or the lot on which such home will be placed.

Requires applications for recovery of payments or overpayments of benefits under laws administered by the Veterans Administration to be made within 180 days rather than within two years.

Modifies the minimum service requirement for the receipt of veterans' benefits by a veteran or his survivor or dependent.

Permits the pursuit of correspondence training as specified.

Prohibits the contracting out of veterans' medical care unless a particular medical care activity is not a direct patient care activity or incident to direct patient care and to contract out would be more cost-effective.

Directs the Administrator to reimburse specified veterans for the costs of chiropractic treatment of a service-connected neuromusculoskeletal condition of the spine.

Title V: Effective Dates - Sets forth effective dates for the provisions of this Act.