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Text of the Delaney-Levitow Act of 2001

This bill was introduced on December 20, 2001, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Dec 20, 2001 (Introduced).

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HR 3587 IH

107th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3587

To amend title 10, United States Code, to provide for the award of a medal called the ‘Crimson Cross’ to members of the Armed Forces who, while on active duty, suffered a qualifying injury or illness in connection with combatant activities during a period of war or as a result of hostile actions against the United States and who are not eligible to receive the Purple Heart as a result of such injury or illness.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

December 20, 2001

Mr. MALONEY of Connecticut introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services


A BILL

To amend title 10, United States Code, to provide for the award of a medal called the ‘Crimson Cross’ to members of the Armed Forces who, while on active duty, suffered a qualifying injury or illness in connection with combatant activities during a period of war or as a result of hostile actions against the United States and who are not eligible to receive the Purple Heart as a result of such injury or illness.

    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 ‘Delaney-Levitow Act of 2001’.

SEC. 2. CRIMSON CROSS.

    (a) AWARD OF MEDAL- Chapter 57 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

‘Sec. 1134. Crimson Cross

    ‘(a) AWARD- Under regulations prescribed by the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary concerned shall award a medal called the ‘Crimson Cross’ to each individual who, while on active duty as a member of the Armed Forces, suffered a qualifying injury or illness in connection with combatant activities during a period of war or as a result of hostile actions against the United States and who is not eligible to receive the Purple Heart as a result of such injury or illness.

    ‘(b) EXCLUSION FOR WILLFUL MISCONDUCT- Subsection (a) shall not apply with respect to any individual who suffered the injury or illness which serves as the basis for award of the Crimson Cross as a result of the individual’s willful misconduct.

    ‘(c) DESIGN OF MEDAL- The Crimson Cross shall be of an appropriate design approved by the Secretary of Defense, with ribbons and other appurtenances.

    ‘(d) ONE AWARD AUTHORIZED- Not more than one Crimson Cross may be awarded to an individual. However, for each succeeding injury or illness that would otherwise justify the award of such a medal, the Secretary concerned may award a suitable device to be worn as the Secretary determines.

    ‘(e) DOCUMENTATION- The Secretary concerned may require such medical documentation and other evidence of eligibility as the Secretary considers appropriate as a condition of making any award under this section.

    ‘(f) ISSUANCE TO REPRESENTATIVE OF DECEASED- If an individual who is eligible to be awarded a Crimson Cross under subsection (a) dies before receiving such medal, the medal may be issued to the individual’s representative, as designated by the Secretary concerned.

    ‘(g) AWARD FOR SERVICE BEFORE DATE OF ENACTMENT- In the case of individuals whose eligibility for the Crimson Cross is by reason of injury or illness suffered before the date of the enactment of this section, the Secretary concerned shall provide in a timely manner for the issuance of the medal, upon application therefor.

    ‘(h) REPLACEMENT- Under regulations prescribed by the Secretary concerned, a Crimson Cross that is lost, destroyed, or rendered unfit for use without fault or neglect on the part of the individual to whom it was issued may be replaced upon application without charge.

    ‘(i) UNIFORM REGULATIONS- The Secretary of Defense shall ensure that regulations prescribed by the Secretaries of the military departments under this section are uniform so far as is practicable.

    ‘(j) QUALIFYING INJURY OR ILLNESS- In this section, the term ‘qualifying injury or illness’ means an injury or illness which required medical evacuation or hospitalization.’.

    (b) CLERICAL AMENDMENT- The table of sections at the beginning of such chapter is amended by adding at the end the following new item:

      ‘1134. Crimson Cross.’.