WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe announced today he is co-sponsoring a bill that would provide more money for disabled veterans’ housing and driving needs, and provide for annual increases tied to inflation. The bill also provides inflation protection for veterans’ burial benefits and increases education benefits for National Guard and Reserve personnel.
In addition to his support for the Veterans’ benefits Enhancement Act of 2008, Inhofe said he will offer two additional amendments. One would create a special high-end medical facility to deal with the treatment and rehabilitation of traumatic extremity injuries and amputations. The other will authorize veterans to render a military salute during the playing of the National Anthem.
“This effort represents the kind of real-world help our veterans and military medical facilities need today,” Inhofe said. “The amputee center will help meet a profound need for targeted medical research to help military surgeons find new limb-sparing techniques to save injured extremities, avoid amputations and preserve and restore the function of injured extremities.”
Last year, Inhofe was successful in his effort to amend federal law to allow members of the armed forces out of uniform and veterans to render a military salute during the raising or lowering the flag. It turns out, that part of the law did not cover the playing of the National Anthem, which this year’s amendment addresses specifically.
“It’s an extra sign of respect for both our active military and veterans,” Inhofe said. “They’ve done so much for us, it just represents an extra ‘Thank you.’”