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Text of the Stand Down Authorization Act

This bill was introduced on February 3, 1999, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Feb 3, 1999 (Introduced).

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HR 566 IH

106th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 566

To authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct Stand Down events and to establish a pilot program that will provide for an annual Stand Down event in each State.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 3, 1999

Mr. VENTO (for himself, Ms. DANNER, Mr. HOLDEN, Mr. BISHOP, Ms. WOOLSEY, Ms. CARSON, Mr. OLVER, Ms. RIVERS, Mr. UNDERWOOD, Mr. MCNULTY, Mr. HINCHEY, Mr. DOYLE, Mr. PAYNE, Mr. MCDERMOTT, Mr. RAHALL, Mrs. MEEK of Florida, Mr. FILNER, Ms. LEE, Mr. SKELTON, Ms. KILPATRICK, Mr. BORSKI, Mr. PALLONE, Ms. KAPTUR, Mr. EVANS, Ms. BROWN of Florida, Ms. SCHAKOWSKY, Mr. LAFALCE, Mr. ENGLISH, Mr. RANGEL, Mr. METCALF, Mr. GREEN of Texas, Mr. KUCINICH, Mr. WAXMAN, Mr. FROST, Mr. MORAN of Virginia, Mr. GEORGE MILLER of California, Mr. MARTINEZ, Mr. SHOWS, Mr. OBERSTAR, Mr. LIPINSKI, Mr. GEJDENSON, Mr. FALEOMAVAEGA, Ms. MCCARTHY of Missouri, Ms. LOFGREN, Mr. PETERSON of Minnesota, Mr. ROMERO-BARCELO, Mr. ALLEN, Mrs. JONES of Ohio, Mr. LANTOS, Mr. MINGE, Mr. STUPAK, Mr. DAVIS of Illinois, Mr. SABO, and Mrs. CAPPS) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs


A BILL

To authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct Stand Down events and to establish a pilot program that will provide for an annual Stand Down event in each State.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘Stand Down Authorization Act’.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

    The Congress finds that--

      (1) Stand Down events have proven to be an effective form of outreach and a successful way to provide assistance to veterans who have most often not utilized or availed themselves of other existing service delivery functions;

      (2) the Secretary of Veterans Affairs should be fully authorized to provide sufficient assistance to meet the needs of all veterans at Stand Down events;

      (3) the several branches of the United States Armed Forces and the National Guard, which have provided valuable support and services to establish and maintain the delivery of services to veterans at Stand Down events, should continue to do so to the extent that their various missions, responsibilities, and roles permit; and

      (4) national and local veterans’ organizations, which have also provided valuable support and services to veterans at Stand Down events and have been instrumental to the success of such events, should be commended and recognized for their outstanding contributions and should be strongly encouraged to continue to provide volunteers and resources at such events.

SEC. 3. STAND DOWN EVENTS.

    Subchapter VII of chapter 17 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

‘Sec. 1775. Stand Down events

    ‘(a) The Secretary may (directly or in conjunction with a governmental or other entity)--

      ‘(1) carry out Stand Down events; and

      ‘(2) in connection with any Stand Down event, whether carried out under paragraph (1) or otherwise--

        ‘(A) provide outreach services;

        ‘(B) use or provide any personal property of the Department of Veterans Affairs that the Secretary determines is not otherwise reasonably needed by the Department of Veterans Affairs; and

        ‘(C) provide any other benefit or service of the Department of Veterans Affairs that the Secretary considers appropriate.

    ‘(b) For purposes of this section, the term ‘Stand Down event’ means an event to provide veterans who are without a home, unemployed, experiencing health or social adjustment challenges, or otherwise in need of assistance, with 1 to 3 days of safety and security, access to assistance such as food, shelter, clothing, benefits certification, and health care, and any other form of assistance that the Secretary considers appropriate.

    ‘(c) The Secretary shall establish and implement a pilot program under which the Secretary shall carry out (directly or in conjunction with a governmental or other entity) a single Stand Down event in each State in each calendar year, beginning in 2000.

    ‘(d) Not later than February 1 of each year, the Secretary shall submit to the Senate and House of Representatives a report containing--

      ‘(1) for the preceding year, a description of the implementation of the pilot program established under subsection (c);

      ‘(2) the Secretary’s recommendations, if any, for legislation regarding the pilot program; and

      ‘(3) any other matter that the Secretary considers appropriate.’.

SEC. 4. CLERICAL AMENDMENT.

    The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 17 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding after the item relating to section 1774 the following new item:

      ‘1775. Stand Down events.’.