Senate Research Center
AUTHOR'S / SPONSOR'S STATEMENT OF INTENT
According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), veterans and their family members may be entitled to receive unclaimed insurance funds totaling $33 million nationwide.
There are currently over 25 million people enrolled nationally in the VA insurance program and unclaimed funds have been accumulating since 1917 when the program first began.
The unclaimed insurance funds are owed to individuals who are current or former policy owners and beneficiaries. These unpaid funds include death awards, dividend checks, and premium funds that have not been issued due to individuals not knowing they are eligible and the VA not being able to locate the veterans or their families.
Most unclaimed funds were returned to the VA post office after the money could not be delivered.
The VA will continue to hold all funds until they are claimed. The majority of these payments have been held for years, with the bulk of unclaimed funds being for World War II veterans.
S.B. 1660 requires the Texas Veterans Commission with the assistance and cooperation of the Texas comptroller of public accounts to inform and assist veterans and their families and dependents with respect to discovering, presenting, proving, and establishing claims for unclaimed property held by the VA.
SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS
SECTION 1. Amends Section 434.007, Government Code, to require the Texas Veterans Commission to perform certain tasks, including with the assistance and cooperation of the comptroller of public accounts, inform and assist veterans and their families and dependents with respect to discovering, presenting, proving, and establishing claims for unclaimed property held by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
SECTION 2. Effective date: upon passage or September 1, 2011.