Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), along with a group of Senators, introduced the Veteran Benefits Enhancement and Expansion Act of 2020 to improve benefits for veterans in the areas of education, pensions, and survivor benefits, among others.
“Veterans in Maine and throughout the country have sacrificed so much for our nation, and we owe it to them to provide the benefits they have earned through their service, particularly during the current public health and economic crisis,” Senator Susan Collins said. “This bipartisan bill would expand a wide array of benefits for veterans and their loved ones, including educational assistance and housing loan programs, as well as require the VA to strengthen its financial fraud response to scams.”
The bipartisan bill includes elements of the Veteran Pension Protection Act, legislation Senator Collin co-authored that would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to systematically track victims, scammers, and trends to proactively protect veterans and survivors across the country from predatory pension poachers.
The Veteran Benefits Enhancement and Expansion Act of 2020 was also introduced by Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs Chairman Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Steve Daines (R-MT.), James Lankford (R-OK) and John Boozman (R-AR.).