Senate approves Robbins’ veterans’ pension bill

Legislation introduced by Senator Bob Robbins changing the name of the “Paralyzed Veterans’ Pension” program to “Amputee and Paralyzed Veterans’ Pension” was approved by the Senate today (September 24).

Senate Bill 1129 also clarifies the definition of “amputee and paralyzed veteran” to base eligibility on “the loss, or the permanent and severe or complete paralysis of two or more limbs, defined as having a disability compensation rating of 40 percent or higher in two or more limbs as determined and certified by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.”

“The current language of the Paralyzed Veterans’ Pension program does not mention permanent service-connected disability at any level of rating as an application requirement.  As a result of a Commonwealth Court decision, the Paralyzed Veterans Pension costs have tripled,” said Senator Robbins “My legislation defines eligibility for the Amputee and Paralyzed Veterans’ Pension in terms that are used by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in determining disability claims.”

Contact:          Chris Yniguez             (717) 787-1322