Session Law

Identifying Information:L. 2001 ch. 221
Other Identifying Information:2001 House Concurrent Resolution 5011
Tax Type:Other
Brief Description:A Concurrent Resolution memorializing the Congress of the United States toprovide lifetime health care benefits for military retirees and their families.




A Concurrent Resolution memorializing the Congress of the United States to

provide lifetime health care benefits for military retirees and their families.

WHEREAS, Insomuch as many of our citizens have risen to the de-

fense and safeguard of our state and nation, this Concurrent Resolution

of support and honor recognizes those individuals who unselfishly served

our state and nation as they defended our democratic way of life and the

freedoms set down by the founding fathers of this nation; and

WHEREAS, The state of Kansas through its Legislature acknowledges

and recognizes the contribution these veterans of military service have

made to the estate of all our citizens, and we ask the Congress of the

United States to acknowledge these retired veterans by continuing to

support and improve their quality of life through extended health care;


WHEREAS, This population of retired veterans served during foreign

and domestic crises of the 20th century, where their involvement with

names such as Ardennes, Wake, Guadalcanal, Normandy, Bastogne and

Iwo Jima earned our nation's highest respect and accolades; while other

names not so common to America were added during the Korean conflict,

like Inchon and Choson; later came other Asian names like DaNang, Khe

Sanh, Hue and Quang Tri; places these retired veterans know all too well

as a battleground which tested their will to survive and return; and

WHEREAS, These retired veterans now constitute a significant por-

tion of the aging population in this country and, in particular, our state;


WHEREAS, These retired veterans were guaranteed through con-

tract, both stated and implied, lifetime access to medical benefits for

themselves and their immediate family members upon retirement for

serving their nation unselfishly and honorably for 20 years or more; and

WHEREAS, Prior to retirement at age 65 years, this population of our

citizenry were provided health care service through the military health

care system or through other U.S. Department of Defense programs;

however, upon reaching the age of 65 years and through recent Federal

regulatory changes in entitlements for military health care benefits, these

individuals that served and their family members, lost significant portions

of their health care support system; and

WHEREAS, The medical benefits which were lost through changes

to Federal legislation forced these retired veterans to pay out-of-pocket

for medical coverage from alternative sources; and those changes forced

these citizens into omnibus national health care programs, such as Med-

icare; and

WHEREAS, Many retired veterans and their immediate family mem-

bers live on fixed incomes where the loss of medical benefits significantly

impacts their quality of life, disrupts their needed levels of care and puts

out of reach certain health care capabilities and pharmaceutical support

to which they had been previously entitled; and

WHEREAS, Many of these retired veterans suffering from service

connected injuries, serious illnesses, or medically-related quality of life

developments have found that their access to medical treatment facilities

is now limited due to significant downsizing or in many rural areas has

become nonexistent; and

WHEREAS, These honorable men and women of Kansas and of this

nation who have sacrificed in the uniformed service of our country are

deserving of the health care programs to sustain their quality of life that

they were guaranteed for 20 or more years of unselfish service; and

WHEREAS, The Legislature of the state of Kansas has a special

charge to safeguard and maintain the quality of life for its citizens that

have served and earned a retirement from military service: Now, there-


Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of Kansas,

the Senate concurring therein: That the Kansas Legislature respectfully

requests and petitions its Congressional representatives of the United

States to address, for rectification, the aforementioned concerns regard-

ing the health care coverage of our retired military veterans and their

immediate families; and

Be it further resolved: That the Secretary of State is hereby directed

to send enrolled copies of this resolution to the President of the United

States, the president pro tempore of the United States Senate, the

Speaker of the House of Representatives and to each member of the

Kansas Congressional Delegation.

Adopted by the House February 22, 1999.

Adopted by the Senate

March 20, 2000.


Date Composed: 09/25/2001 Date Modified: 09/25/2001