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1 seventy-two years of age and has been paid pension there

2 under for two calendar years,”.

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SEC. 6. Section 503 of title 38, United States Code, is

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(a) by inserting before “United” in paragraph (4) there “servicemen's group life insurance,”; and

(b) by substituting a semicolon for the period at the end of said section and adding the following new paragraphs:

“(14) amounts equal to prepayments on an indebtedness secured by a mortgage, or similar type security instrument, on real property (which was prior to death the principal residence of a veteran and

spouse) made by the veteran or his widow, after the death of the spouse, during the year of death and the succeeding year, if said indebtedness was in existence at the time

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of death;

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(15) amounts in joint accounts in banks and

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similar institutions acquired by reason of death of other

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joint owner;

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“(16) payments received by a retired employee from his former employer as reimbursement for monthly premiums for supplementary medical insurance benefits for the aged provided by part B of title XVIII of the Social Security Act, as amended.”.

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SEC. 7. Section 622 of title 38, United States Code,

2 is annended by inserting “(a)” iminediately before the 3 first sentence and by adding at the oud thereof the follow

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5 “(b) Notwithstanding the requirements of subsection 6 (a), the receipt of pension under chapter 15 of this title 7 shall be accepted as sufficient evidence of inability to defray 8 necessary expenses, and an applicant in receipt of such 9 pension shall be exempt from executing a statement under

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SEC. 8. This Act shall take effect on January 1, 1969.

918T CONGRESS

1st SESSION

H. R. 2732

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

JANUARY 9, 1969 Mr. WALDIE introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Com

mittee on Veterans Affairs

A BILL

To amend title 38 of the United States Code to provide increased

pensions, disability compensation rates, to liberalize income

limitations, and for other purposes. 1 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa2 tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, 3 That (a) section 314 of such title is amended 4

(1) by striking out "$21” in subsection (a) and inserting in lieu thereof “$33”;

(2) by striking out “$40” in subsection (b) and 7

inserting in lien thereof “$66”; 8

(3) by striking ont "$60” in subsection (c) and

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“(4) by striking out "$82" in subsection (d) and 2

inserting in lieu thereof “$132" ; 3

(5) by striking out “$113” in subsection (e) and 4

inserting in lieu thereof “$165"; 5

(6) by striking out “$136” in subsection (f) and 6 inserting in licu thereof “$198”; 7

(7) by striking out “$161” in subsection (g) and 8

inserting in lien thereof “$231”; 9

(8) by striking ont “$186” in subsection (h) and 10

inserting in lieu thercof “$264”; 11

(9) by striking out “$209" in subsection (i) and 12

inserting in lien thereof “$297”; and 13

(10) by striking out “$300” in subsection (j) and 14 inserting in lieu thereof “$330”. 15 (b) The Administrator of Veterans' Affairs may adjust 16 administratively, consistent with the increases authorized by 17 this section, the rates of disability compensation payable to 18 persons within the purview of section 10 of Public Law 1985–857 who are not in receipt of compensation payable pur20 suant to chapter 11 of title 38, United States Code. 21 SEC. 2. The tables appearing in subsections (b) (1), 22 (c), and (d) of section 415 of such title, in subsections 23 (b) and (c) of section 521 of such title, and in subsections 24 (b) and (c) of section 541 of such title are cach amended

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(1) by striking out “$1,800" wherever it appears

and inserting in lieu thereof “$2,400”, and 3

(2) by striking out “$3,000" wherever it appears 4 and inserting in lieu thereof “$3,600”. 5 Sec. 3. (a) Paragraph (5) of section 503 of title 38, 6 United States Code, is aincnded by inserting and monthly 7 benefit payments” immediately after "lump sum death pay8 monts”, and by inserting "and annuity or pension payments 9 under chapter 9 of title 45” immediately before the semi

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(1) In computing the income of any person for the purPosc of determining his eligibility for pension pursuant to 13 the provisions of the first sentence of section 9 (1) of the 14 Veterans' Pension Act of 1959, there shall be excluded the

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corpus of his estate and any monthly benefit payinents pay16 able to such person under title II of the Social Security Act 17 and any annuity and pension payments payable to such per18

son under any public or private retirement plan, to which the 19 veteran contributed during his working years. 20

SEC. 4. Sertion 521 (f) (1) of such title is anıended by 21

striking out “$1,200” and inserting in lieu thereof “$2,000”. 22

SEC. 5. The last sentence of subsection (a) of section 23 620 of such title is amended by striking out “oxcept where in 24 the judgment of the Administrator a longer period is war

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