Department of Veterans Affairs April 20, 2016 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents
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Enhanced-Use Lease of Department of Veterans Affairs Real Property for the Development of Affordable Housing Facility in Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Secretary of Veterans Affairs intends to enter into an Enhanced-Use Lease (EUL) on approximately 3 acres of land for the purpose of developing 100 units of affordable housing for Veterans. The EUL lessee, CHDC Veterans Limited Partnership, will finance, design, develop, manage, maintain, and operate housing for eligible homeless Veterans, or Veterans at risk of homelessness, on a priority placement basis, and provide services that guide resident Veterans toward attaining long-term self-sufficiency.
Extra-Schedular Evaluations for Individual Disabilities
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its adjudication regulation pertaining to extra-schedular consideration of a service-connected disability in exceptional compensation cases. In a recent decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Federal Circuit) held that VA's regulation, as written, requires VA to consider the combined effect of two or more service- connected disabilities when determining whether to refer a disability evaluation for extra-schedular consideration. VA, however, has long interpreted its regulation to provide an extra-schedular evaluation for a single disability, not the combined effect of two or more disabilities. This proposed amendment will clarify VA's regulation pertaining to exceptional compensation claims such that an extra- schedular evaluation is available only for an individual service- connected disability but not for the combined effect of more than one service-connected disability.