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September 16, 2022
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ICYMI: Reverend Warnock Stands Up for Georgia Military Families, Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Protect Benefits for Surviving Military Spouses
This week, Reverend Warnock Introduced the Love Lives On Act of 2022, Which Would Allow Spouses Of Deceased Servicemembers To Retain Survivor Benefits
Atlanta, GA – This week, Reverend Warnock introduced the bipartisan Love Lives On Act, legislation that will allow spouses of deceased servicemembers to retain survivor benefits. Currently, a surviving spouse could lose survivor benefits if they remarry before the age of 55. This bill tackles that problem affecting Georgia families by ensuring surviving spouses of active-duty, veteran, and retired servicemembers retain their benefits in the event that they remarry. The bill also reforms the administration of survivor benefits relating to health care, educational benefits, and access to base resources.
This latest bipartisan effort is part of Reverend Warnock’s extensive record of fighting for Georgia’s veterans and military families.
See coverage of Warnock’s work for veterans below:
Watch WRDW Augusta’s Coverage HERE
Nick Proto, WRDW: “Senator Warnock has also introduced a new plan to help surviving military spouses. It’s called the Love Lives On Act. There are around 700 spouses that would benefit from the Act. It offers dependency compensation, education benefits, even if they remarry, commissary and exchange benefits, tri-care benefits, and more.”
BACKGROUND ON REVEREND WARNOCK’S FURTHER WORK TO SUPPORT GEORGIA’S VETERANS
- Reverend Warnock led the fight to pass the PACT Act, legislation that secures adequate care for millions of veterans exposed to toxic burn pits during their service, which includes 350,000 veterans living in Georgia.
- Reverend Warnock introduced legislation to help veterans find stable housing and access job training to help them return to the workforce.
- Reverend Warnock fought to keep the Savannah Combat Readiness Training Center open and preserve critical military jobs after the White House proposed cuts to the Center.
- Reverend Warnock secured more than $2.5 million in federal funding to help homeless Georgia veterans.
- Reverend Warnock is leading the oversight effort to protect servicemembers from unsafe living conditions at military base housing, and fought for a $100 million authorization for Fort Stewart to improve barracks on base.
- Reverend Warnock secured over $110 million for some of Georgia’s top military bases to improve barracks and restore helicopter facilities, and secured a 3 percent pay raise for active duty and civilian personnel in Georgia.
- Warnock met with military families in Camden County to discuss the importance of expanding access to mental health care resources, child care, adequate on-base living conditions and more.
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