Veterans Alert: 114th Congress Passes New Veteran Laws // Important News on Exposure to Water Supply Contaminants at Camp Lejeune

Rowan Free Press

Rodney Cress, Veteran Advocate

Public Law 114-188, the Female Veteran Suicide Prevention Act (S. 2487)

Amends currently required Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) evaluations of its mental health and suicide prevention programs by adding a specific focus to include the needs of women veterans. Also, the bill requires an independent contractor to VA to include in its annual reports to VA the mental health and suicide prevention programs that are most effective and have the highest satisfaction rates among women veterans.

Public Law 114-197, the Veterans’ Compensation COLA Act of 2016 (H.R. 5588)

Provides an increase, effective December 1, 2016, in the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC) for the survivors of certain disabled veterans.

The law does not contain the round-down provision of previous years that reduced compensation and pension payments by millions of dollars at the…

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