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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Republican state senators in West Virginia have proposed a bill that would exclude veterans' disability payments from spousal support requirements.

State law dictates that divorce courts take into account income from any source when setting levels of spousal and child support. This bill would create a special exemption for veterans' disability payments.

The bill's lead sponsor Sen. Dave Sypolt says that veterans' disability payments are intended as compensation for service and that counting them as income during divorce proceedings is innately unfair.

Disabled veterans receive monthly payments from the Veterans Administration. Those payments vary depending on the extent of their injuries and their family status. For a veteran with no children those payments can range from about $100 to about $3,000 per month.

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