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Veterans Seek to Boost Benefits for Combat-Injured Retirees (1)

March 2, 2020, 8:01 PMUpdated: March 2, 2020, 9:21 PM

Veterans groups want the annual defense authorization bill to bolster pay benefits for those who retire with combat-injuries before fulfilling 20-years of military service.

Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.), senior member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, has introduced “The Major Richard Star Act” (H.R. 5995), designed to expand the eligibility for combat-injured veterans to receive both disability compensation and retired pay. Supporters want to roll it into the defense policy legislation.

Military retirees with 20 or more years of service qualify for retirement pay. They may also qualify for disability compensation for any injuries caused or aggravated by their ...