Recently, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Ensuring Survivor Benefits During COVID Act—bipartisan legislation co-authored by U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), which ensures family members of veterans who passed away from due to COVID-19 receive the survivor benefits they have earned.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, we tragically lost thousands of veterans who had service-related disabilities,” said Senator Tillis in a statement. “I am proud this bipartisan legislation that will ensure the families of those veterans receive the rightful benefits they deserve unanimously passed the Senate.”

“Arizona veterans and their families make incredibly sacrifices to keep our country, state, and communities safe. Our bipartisan bill ensures their families receive the care, benefits, and resources they’ve earned,” said Senator Sinema.

Currently, veterans who pass away from coronavirus may have their cause of death identified as “COVID-19” without accounting for service-related disabilities that further complicate their coronavirus diagnosis. This legislation ensures those disabilities are taken into account so family members have access to benefits they’ve earned.