Veterans Silver Dollar
By Mike Unser
Commemorative coins honoring disabled American
veterans are almost assured with recent action
in the Senate.
House bill H.R. 634, titled American Veterans
Disabled for Life Commemorative Coin Act, calls
for a total of 350,000 silver dollar proof and
uncirculated coins in 2010.
The bill easily passed in May of 2007 by a House
vote of 416 to 0. It was quickly moved into the
Senate for consideration, but in typical
legislative fashion it settled soundly in
committee awaiting either complete and forever
forgetfulness, or action. Action won-over on May
The legislation was unanimously passed in the
Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban
Affairs. Of course, it must still pass the full
Senate vote and see Presidential ink to make
law, but its unanimous passage is promising.
Itís also very noteworthy that a companion
Senate bill, which is identical to the House
version, was introduced in October of 2007.
Senate bill S. 2119 was brought in by Tim
Johnson [D-SD] and shows 72 cosponsors. While it
looks like the House version will be the
legislative "working copy" moving forward in
both houses, the extremely strong bipartisan
support for this legislation is clear. There is
little doubt it will eventually become law.
Rep Dennis Moore [D-KS] introduced H.R. 634 with
Rep Mark Kirk [R-IL]. Rep Moore commented after
the House passage,
"More and more of our brave men and women are
returning home with injuries that will affect
them for the rest of their lives. We can never
fully communicate our gratitude for the service
and sacrifice that our servicemen and women have
made for our country, but this memorial is an
important step. Iím grateful that my colleagues
have joined me in this effort."
Rep Kirk said,
"We owe our disabled veterans a considerable
debt for their sacrifices. This bill will help
generate the necessary funds for a memorial near
the nationís Capitol - one that appropriately
honors their service. As a naval reserve
officer, I am proud that Congress is taking
action to preserve the legacy of these heroes."
A surcharge of $10 per coin will go to the
Disabled Veteransí LIFE Memorial Foundation, a
nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is to
raise the funds necessary to build the Memorial.
Lois Pope, Co-Founder and Chairman of the
Disabled Veteransí LIFE Memorial Foundation,
joined Moore and Kirk in praising the billís
"The coin bill passed by Congress today enables
the Disabled Veteransí LIFE Memorial Foundation
to touch the lives of many individuals as we
continue our mission of building the nationís
first Memorial in Washington, D.C., honoring the
sacrifices of the 3 million living disabled
American veterans, and all those who have passed
before them," she said.
The design of the silver $1 dollar is to be
emblematic of the design selected by the
Disabled Veteransí LIFE Memorial Foundation for
the American Veterans Disabled for Life