H.R. 2946 (105th): Combat Merchant Mariners Veterans Benefits Act of 1997

Nov 08, 1997 (105th Congress, 1997–1998)
Died (Referred to Committee)
Michael Forbes
Representative for New York's 1st congressional district
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Nov 08, 1997
4 pages
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H.R. 4720 (106th) was a re-introduction of this bill in a later Congress.

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Last Action: Jun 22, 2000


This bill was introduced on November 8, 1997, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Nov 08, 1997
Referred to Committee Nov 08, 1997
Full Title

To provide veterans benefits to individuals who serve in the United States merchant marine during a period of war.


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9 cosponsors (7D, 2R) (show)

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Combat Merchant Mariners Veterans Benefits Act of 1997 - Provides that:
(1) service in the U.S. merchant marine during a period of war for a total period equal to at least 12 months shall be considered active duty in determining eligibility for veterans' benefits; and
(2) such service may be verified by entries in a continuous discharge book, a certificate of discharge to merchant seamen, a certificate of substantially continuous service, or other documentation available from the Secretary of Transportation or the head of any other Federal agency.
Limits eligibility.
Specifies that:
(1) the minimum active-duty service requirement of any law administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs shall apply in determining eligibility for veterans' benefits under this Act;
(2) the 12-month requirement under this Act shall not apply to an individual who is permanently disabled in the performance of such service while the vessel is subjected to hostile action; and
(3) such service may have been rendered before, on, or after the date of enactment of this Act, with a limitation.

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