The bill received bipartisan support from five co-sponsors before it was referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Davidson said this bill would “remedy a unique challenge facing families of veterans in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.”
“Veterans with long-term medical challenges shouldn’t have to worry that contracting COVID-19 will endanger the benefits they earned while serving our country,” he said.
There are several service-connected conditions that place veterans "at a severe risk from COVID-19,” said Larry Moore, Veterans of Foreign Wars Ohio Legislative chairman.
“The survivors of these veterans should not be burdened with administrative obstacles when they file for the benefits to which they are entitled," he said.
The U.S. House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs has listed COVID-19 resources for veterans at veterans.house.gov/covid-19.
COVID-19 CASES IN THE MILITARY
The U.S. Department of Defense has tallied cumulative totals of novel coronavirus cases in the military. In all, there have been more than 48,000 COVID-19 cases in the military as of Friday. Here’s a breakdown of cases in each military branch and DoD agencies:
Army: 18,213 cases
Navy: 10,668 cases
Air Force: 7,585 cases
Marine Corps: 5,663 cases
National Guard: 5,420 cases
DoD Agencies: 357 cases
Source: U.S. Department of Defense (data is updated on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays)