Introduction of the Recovering Service Members Disability Benefits Act

April 12, 2013


Mr. Speaker, my colleague Representative Loebsack and I are proud to re-introduce the Recovering Service Members Disability Benefits Act.

This legislation is common sense, and fixes a glaring problem. Currently, our nation's wounded warriors are forced to wait five months for their approved Social Security Disability Benefits. This is an injustice to our nation's heroes. These are benefits they have earned at a very high price, and they deserve better.

 The Recovering Service Members Disability Benefits Act will remove this mandatory five month waiting period, allowing the wounded warriors to collect the benefits for which they have been approved.

To be clear, this bill does not approve benefits requests or add new individuals into the system, the bill simply expedites earned and approved benefits to eligible wounded warriors.

It is an honor to introduce this legislation and correct this issue. Our disabled service members deserve the immediate reassurance of knowing there is financial support as they cope with the emotional and physical challenge of recovery.

Together, we hope this bipartisan legislation will be brought through Committee and to the House Floor in a swift manner.

Thank you, and God Bless all those who serve our country.

I yield back my time.