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Nev. Bill Bars Disability Pay From Divorce Split

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Lawmakers are thinking about making veterans’ disability pay untouchable in divorce proceedings.

Republican Assemblyman Jim Wheeler of Minden presented AB271 to members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee Tuesday.

The bill specifies that during divorce settlements, judges cannot consider a veteran’s disability pay for injuries sustained during combat while serving in the military.

Supporters say the pay from the federal government is to compensate veterans for their physical sacrifices and is not earned income.

Disability pay is not taxable income.

But opponents counter disability income is intended for caregivers as well as veterans and should be considered as part of a couple’s overall financial situation.

No veterans testified in opposition to the bill, and no action was taken by the committee.

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