State Senate Panel Looking at National Guard Benefits

Friday, September 11, 2009 - 7:33am

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A state Senate panel is scheduled to
consider changes to a 2007 law that allows special disability
benefits for Louisiana National Guard soldiers.
The head of Louisiana's veterans agency says the law is so
restrictive that no soldier has yet qualified for the $100,000
benefit. The law was written to provide the money for soldiers who
were totally and permanently disabled while on active duty between
July 2007 and the present.
Sen. Robert Adley said the Veterans Affairs Committee meeting on
Friday will include a discussion of whether the law could be
expanded to benefit eligible guardsmen who were disabled since
2001.