Two Pay and Benefits Bills for Disabled Vets to Watch - September 18, 2014
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Unanimously Passes FMA's Wounded Warrior Federal Leave Initiative
Kellie Lunney, Goverment Executive
Congress has been working on some important legislation recently that will benefit the country’s service-disabled veterans.
Full-time federal workers in their first year on the job have no sick leave when they start, and accrue four hours of such leave per pay period. That amounts to a balance of 104 hours at the end of their first year. But disabled vets, who must attend regular medical appointments to take care of their health, and also to continue receiving their veterans’ benefits, quickly burn up their sick leave, according to the Federal Managers Association, which lobbied for the legislation. Many vets also have to travel far to reach the nearest VA facility to receive treatment, which can eat up leave time.