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Honoring the Call to Duty: Veterans' Disability Benefits in the 21st Century
VETERANS DISABILITY BENEFITS COMMISSION WASHINGTON DC
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As U.S. casualties began returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, Congress debated longstanding issues regarding the most effective ways to deliver benefits and care to the nations veterans. To help resolve the many pressing and complex concerns about veterans benefits, the President and Congress created this independent Commission under Public Law 108-136, The National Defense Authorization Act of 2004 Appendix A. The first Commission of its kind in over 50 years, the Veterans Disability Benefits Commission has 13 commissioners, whose biographies appear in Appendix B, and 19 staff. Five members of the Commission were appointed by the President. Two members each were appointed by the Speaker and the Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Majority and Minority Leaders of the U.S. Senate. Because the Federal Advisory Committee Act requires transparency in the Commissions deliberations, all decisions have been made in a public forum and are a matter of public record. evaluate and assess
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