2021

LEGISLATE VIRTUAL CONGRESS

IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

June 11, 2021

AN ACT

Veteran's Mental and Physical Injury Treatment Bill

Under this bill, veterans claiming mental health issues and seeking help from the VA will be instantly approved for specialized care.

Introduced By:

Date Introduced:

Referred to:

Syudent Senator Guo

June 11, 2021, 3:19:40 PM

Veteran's Affairs

Whereas veterans are suffering from depression and anxiety without proper care.

Whereas veterans seeking help are turned down by the VA.

Whereas current and prior service members can rebuild trust within the VA and its abilities to take care of them.

Whereas the VA committee provides more equitable treatment to all service members.

BE IT ENACTED BY LEGISLATE SENATORS VIRTUALLY ASSEMBLED THAT

Glossary of Terms:

  1. Veterans - Prior service members who have been honorably discharged from one of the six service branches, Army, Navy, Airforce, Marines, Space Force, Coast Guard.

  2. Connecticut VA - refers to Veteran Affair committee within the state of Connecticut.

  3. VA - refers to the United States Veterans Affairs committee.

Veterans with mental health issues will be able to follow a “afflicted until proven treated” where clinics have no right to claim that veterans are not mentally ill. Under this bill, veterans claiming mental health issues and seeking help from the VA will be instantly approved for specialized care. Currently there are around eighteen million veterans within the United States. The United States has allocated a budget of 10.2 billion dollars to dealing with the mental health of veterans in 2021. Under this bill, the VA must pledge at a minimum of one-million dollars to therapy related services for each veteran claiming mental disabilities (around 1.5% of the VA’s annual mental health budget assuming all eighteen million veterans seek therapy). This bill will not directly give one-million dollars to the veterans, it will oversee the treatment of veterans that equates to one million dollars.

Connecticut has roughly 500,000 veterans. Under the condition that one-million dollars per veteran encapsulates more than 2% of Connecticut's annual Veteran Affair budget, the state can take the equivalent of 2% of its annual veteran affair budget, distribute it between all the veterans within the state, and set that as the amount pledged to each individual. For states that can not pledge one-million dollars to the treatment of each veteran, they can pledge the equivalent of 2% of the annual budget distributed evenly between the veteran population, but no less than 500,000 dollars per veteran.

Punishments:

Enforcement:

This bill will create a route through which veterans can sue the VA for wrongfully denying them the mental health benefits that they need. If the pledged one-million dollars is wrongfully spent i.e. given directly to the veteran in need, then the VA has the right to deny further help to that veteran despite injury claims whether mental or physical, service-related or not.

Enactment:

Veteran's Mental and Physical Injury Treatment Bill

will go into effect on

January 1, 2022, 5:00:00 AM

This bill will go into effect in the beginning of 2022 as the Connecticut veteran affairs committee and United States veteran affairs committee begins to draft up budgets for the next year.

After passing the bill, all veterans will be notified of their right to seek undisputed mental health treatment from the VA.

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