[USC02] 38 USC 1523: Combination of ratings
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38 USC 1523: Combination of ratings Text contains those laws in effect on August 12, 2020
From Title 38-VETERANS' BENEFITSPART II-GENERAL BENEFITSCHAPTER 15-PENSION FOR NON-SERVICE-CONNECTED DISABILITY OR DEATH OR FOR SERVICESUBCHAPTER II-VETERANS' PENSIONSNon-Service-Connected Disability Pension

§1523. Combination of ratings

(a) The Secretary shall provide that, for the purpose of determining whether or not a veteran is permanently and totally disabled, ratings for service-connected disabilities may be combined with ratings for non-service-connected disabilities.

(b) Where a veteran, by virtue of subsection (a), is found to be entitled to a pension under section 1521 of this title, and is entitled to compensation for a service-connected disability, the Secretary shall pay such veteran the greater benefit.

( Pub. L. 85–857, Sept. 2, 1958, 72 Stat. 1136 , §523; Pub. L. 94–169, title I, §106(19), Dec. 23, 1975, 89 Stat. 1018 ; renumbered §1523 and amended Pub. L. 102–83, §§4(b)(1), (2)(E), 5(a), (c)(1), Aug. 6, 1991, 105 Stat. 404–406 .)

Amendments

1991-Pub. L. 102–83, §5(a), renumbered section 523 of this title as this section.

Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 102–83, §4(b)(1), (2)(E), substituted "Secretary" for "Administrator".

Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 102–83, §5(c)(1), substituted "1521" for "521".

Pub. L. 102–83, §4(b)(1), (2)(E), substituted "Secretary" for "Administrator".

1975-Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 94–169 substituted "such veteran" for "him".

Effective Date of 1975 Amendment

Pub. L. 94–169, title I, §106, Dec. 23, 1975, 89 Stat. 1017 , provided that the amendment made by that section is effective Jan. 1, 1976.