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Hon. John Sparkman, a U.S. Senator from the State of Alabama.

Hon. Barry Goldwater; a U.S. Senator from the State of Arizona-

Hon. Daniel K. Inouye, a U.S. Senator from the State of Hawaii..

Odell W. Vaughn, Chief Benefits Director, Veterans' Administration,

accompanied by James Taaffe, Director, Compensation and Pen-

sion Service; Howard Bernstein, Assistant General Counsel; and

William Holsberg, Chief of Prosthetics, Department of Medicine

and Surgery -

Charles L. Huber, national director of legislation, Disabled American

Veterans, accompanied by William Flaherty and William Gardiner.

Charles Mattingly, deputy director of the national legislative com-

mission, accompanied by Edward H. Golembieski, director of na-

tional veterans affairs and rehabilitation commission, the American

Legion.-

Francis W. Stover, director, national legislative service, Veterans of

Foreign Wars.

James A. Maye, executive director, Paralyzed Veterans of America,

accompanied by John Rine, Jr., national service director..

David L. Schnair, national service officer, Blinded Veterans Association,

accompanied by Robert D. Carter, acting executive director and

Dennis R. Wyant, national field service director.

Roney F. Hartley, national service and legislative director, American

Veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam...

Maj. Walter J. Reilly, USMC (retired), chairman, national legislative

committee, Disabled Officers Association..

Robert W. Nolan, national executive secretary, Fleet Reserve

Association.-

Hallett D. Edson, executive vice president, National Association for

Uniformed Services.-

Col. George F. Meyer, Jr., USA (retired), legislative counsel, Retired

Officers Association.

Written statement of-

Harold B. Say, legislative director, Veterans of World War I of the

U.S.A., Inc

Mrs. Geraldine B. Chittick, chairman of legislation committee, Gold

Star Wives of America, Inc.

Letters to-

Hon. Vance Hartke, chairman of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs,

from Fred E. Darling, executive coordinator for Military and

Veterans Affairs, Non-Commissioned Officers Association of the

United States of America, dated March 6, 1974.-

Hon. Herman E. Talmadge, chairman of Subcommittee on Com-
pensation and Pensions, from:
James A. Maye, executive director, Paralyzed Veterans of Amer-

ica, Inc., dated March 26, 1974.-

Theresa E. Alexander, research chairman, Society of Military

Widows, dated March 11, 1974.

Questions and answers-

Responses submitted by the Veterans Administration, to questions

submitted by:

Hon. Herman E. Talmadge, chairman of the Subcommittee on

Compensation and Pensions...

Hon. Strom Thurmond, a U.S. Senator from the State of South

Carolina...

Hon. Alan Cranston, a U.S. Senator from the State of California.

Resolutions:

The American Legion.--

Veterans of Foreign Wars.

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PENDING SERVICE-CONNECTED DISABILITY COMPENSATION AND DEPENDENCY AND INDEMNITY COMPENSATION LEGISLATION

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13, 1974

U.S. SENATE,
SUBCOMMITTEE ON COMPENSATION AND PENSIONS
OF THE COMMITTEE ON VETERANS' AFFAIRS,

Washington, D.C. The subcommittee met at 9:30 a.m., pursuant to notice, in room 412, the Russell Office Building, Senator Herman E. Talmadge, presiding.

Present: Senators Herman E. Talmadge, chairman, Strom Thurmond, and Alan Cranston.

Also present: Guy H. McMichael III, general counsel.

OPENING STATEMENT OF HON. HERMAN E. TALMADGE, CHAIRMAN

OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON COMPENSATION AND PENSIONS

Senator TALMADGE. The subcommittee will please come to order.

The Subcommittee on Compensation and Pensions of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs will hold hearings this morning on several bills.

The primary bill is S. 3067, the Veterans Disability Compensation Act of 1974, offered by myself and cosponsored by every member of our committee, to raise disability compensation payments by some 15 percent and S. 3072, the Survivors Dependency and Indemnity Compensation Act of 1974, which is authored by Senator Hartke and cosponsored by every member of our committee to increase every dependency and indemnity compensation for survivors of veterans who died of service-connected causes benefits by 16 percent.

A bill authored by Senator Cranston, S. 2363, related to increases in benefits and improvements in the chapter 39 automobile grant and adaptive equipment program for veterans and servicemen, will also be considered.

There are other bills to be dealt with that I will not enumerate at this time.

We will do our duty and see to it that our Nation's disabled veterans receive the benefits they need and deserve. At this point I ask that the bills upon which we are holding the hearing today be inserted in the record, together with the reports of the various governmental agencies, with departmental views, and without objection, any additional statements that have been submitted will be inserted in the record at appropriate places.

[The text of bills previously referred to including introductory statements and agency reports thereof follows:]

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93D CONGRESS

2D SESSION

S. 3067

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

FEBRUARY 27, 1974 Mr. TALMADGE (for himself, Mr. HARTKE, Mr. HANSEN, Mr. RANDOLPH, Mr.

Hughes, Mr. CRANSTON, Mr. THURMOND, Mr. STAFFORD, and Mr. McCLURE) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans Affairs

A BILL

To amend title 38, United States Code, to increase the rates of

disability compensation for disabled veterans, and for other purposes.

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Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa

2 tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

3 That this Act may be cited as the “Veterans Disability 4 Compensation Act of 1974”.

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SEC. 2. (a) Section 314 of title 38, United States Code,

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(1) by striking out “$28” in subsection (a) and

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(2) by striking out “$51” in subsection (b) and inserting in lieu thereof "$59";

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(3) by striking out “$77” in subsection (c) and inserting in lieu thereof “$89”;

(4) by striking out “$106” in subsection (d) and inserting in licu thereof “$122”;

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(5) by striking out “$149" in subsection (e) and inserting in lieu thereof “$171";

(6) by striking out “$179" in subsection (f) and inserting in lieu thereof “$206”;

(7) by striking out “$212” in subsection (g) and inserting in lieu thereof “$244";

(8) by striking out “$245” in subsection (h) and

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inserting in lieu thereof “$282”;

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(9) by striking out “$275” in subsection (i) and inserting in lieu thereof “$316”;

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(10) by striking out “$495” in subsection (j) and inserting in lieu thereof “$569";

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(11) by striking out “$616” and “$862" in sub

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section (k) and inserting in lieu thereof “$708” and "$991”, respectively.

(12) by striking out “$616” in subsection (1) and

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(13) by striking out “$678” in subsection (m) and inserting in lieu thereof “$780”;

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(14) by striking out “$770” in subsection (n) and inserting in lieu thereof “$886”;

(15) by striking out “$862” in subsections (0) and (r) and inserting in lieu thereof "$991”;

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(16) by striking out “$370” in subsection (r) and

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(17) by striking out “$554" in subsection (s) and inserting in lieu thereof “$637”.

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(b) The Administrator of Veterans' Affairs may adjust 10 administratively, consistent with the increases authorized by 11 this section, the rates of disability compensation payable to

12 persons within the purview of section 10 of Public Law 85–

13 857 who are not in receipt of compensation payable pursu

14 ant to chapter 11 of title 38, United States Code.

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SEC. 3. Section 315 (1) of title 38, United States Code,

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(1) by striking out “$31” in subparagraph (A)

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(2) by striking out “$53” in subparagraph (B) and inserting in lieu thereof “$61";

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(3) by striking out “$67" in subparagraph (C) and inserting in lieu thereof “$77”;

(4) by striking out "$83" and "$15” in subpara

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