US SB1039 | 2021-2022 | 117th Congress


Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-0)
Status: Introduced on March 25 2021 - 25% progression
Action: 2021-04-28 - Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.
Text: Latest bill text (Introduced) [PDF]


Addresses disability compensation and care issues for Persian Gulf War veterans. First, the bill expands eligibility for disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to Persian Gulf War veterans who have a qualifying chronic disability that became manifest to any degree at any time. Next, the VA must develop a Disability Benefits Questionnaire to be used by health care personnel to identify Gulf War illness if a Persian Gulf veteran presents with any one symptom associated with such illness. The bill also expands who qualifies as a Persian Gulf veteran by including those who served in Afghanistan, Israel, Egypt, Turkey, Syria, or Jordan during the Persian Gulf War. Under current law, Persian Gulf veteran refers only to individuals who served on active duty during the Persian Gulf War in particular areas of the Arabian Peninsula. Finally, the VA must ensure its health care personnel are appropriately trained to provide care to Persian Gulf veterans.

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A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve compensation for disabilities occurring in Persian Gulf War veterans, and for other purposes.



2021-04-28SenateCommittee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.
2021-03-25SenateRead twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

Same As/Similar To

HB3967 (Related) 2022-06-16 - Message on Senate action sent to the House.
HR950 (Similar To) 2022-03-01 - Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.


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