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Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation; Notice of Meeting

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) gives notice under Public Law 92-463 (Federal Advisory Committee Act) that the Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation will meet on March 9-10, 2009, in the Carlton Room, at the St. Regis Washington DC, 923 16th and K Streets, NW., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The meeting is open to the public.

The purpose of the Committee is to advise the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on the maintenance and periodic readjustment of the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities. The Committee is to assemble and review relevant information relating to the nature and character of disabilities arising from service in the Armed Forces, provide an ongoing assessment of the effectiveness of the rating schedule and give advice on the most appropriate means of responding to the needs of veterans relating to disability compensation.

The Committee will receive briefings about studies on compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and other veteran benefits programs. On the morning of March 10, the Committee will break into subcommittees to work on recommendations. In the afternoon, time will be allocated for receiving public comments. Public comments will be limited to three minutes each. A sign-in sheet will be available.

Members of the public may submit written statements to the Committee before the meeting, or within 10 days after the meeting, by sending them to Ms. Ersie Farber, Designated Federal Officer, Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Benefits Administration (211A), 810 Vermont Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20420. Any member of the public wishing to attend the meeting should contact Ms. Farber at (202) 461-9728.

By direction of the Secretary.
E. Philip Riggin, Committee Management Officer.