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April 24, 2008


Bill provides "vital assistance for our nation's veterans" Enhances benefits for life insurance, housing, and disabled veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) voted in support of legislation (S.1315) that will provide important assistance for our nation’s veterans.

    “I am pleased to join my colleagues in providing vital assistance for our nation’s veterans, such as enhanced housing, driving, and burial benefits as well as increased educational assistance for National Guard and Reserve personnel,” Inhofe said. “It will also enhance life insurance benefits for veterans disabled in service under the age of 65 and veterans who suffered traumatic injuries in combat since 2001.”

    Unfortunately, the legislation contained one wayward provision which would re-direct pension funds from U.S. veterans in order to provide funding for non-injured Filipino veterans living outside the United States, something Inhofe described as a “misplaced priority, especially at a time when our country has troops returning home from combat daily.”

    Inhofe also expressed disappointment at the Democratic leadership’s refusal to allow other amendments to be offered on the Veterans’ benefits legislation, including his efforts to allow veterans to salute during the national anthem and creating a high-end medical facility to deal with the treatment and rehabilitation of traumatic extremity injuries and amputations.

    Inhofe vowed to include his amendments in future legislation, saying, "These efforts represent the kind of real-world help that will greatly benefit our veterans and active military members and I will continue working to ensure they become law.”


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