U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown hopes to improve access to benefits for more than 110,000 veterans in the region and 935,000 statewide.
Brown has introduced the Benefit Rating Acceleration for Veterans Entitlements (BRAVE) Act that would create a fast-track system for veterans with disabilities to quality for benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Social Security Administration.
Brown’s BRAVE Act would eliminate the lengthy eligibility process disabled veterans must undergo to receive full benefits from the VA and Social Security offices.
The BRAVE Act, Brown said, would require Social Security to accept eligibility requirements for any veteran who meets VA guidelines.
Veterans who receive compensation from the VA also would be fast-tracked in disability benefits processing.