Text of the Veterans Emergency Assistance Act

This bill was introduced on July 12, 2002, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Jul 12, 2002 (Introduced).

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HR 5112 IH


2d Session

H. R. 5112

To authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide grants to States for programs to financially assist veterans who experience certain emergencies.


JULY 12, 2002

Mr. BALDACCI (for himself, Mr. DOYLE, Mr. GREEN of Texas, Mr. FRANK, Mr. ROHRABACHER, and Mr. MCGOVERN) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs


To authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide grants to States for programs to financially assist veterans who experience certain emergencies.

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


    This Act may be cited as the ‘Veterans Emergency Assistance Act’.


    (a) GRANTS TO STATES FOR VETERANS EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS- Part II of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new chapter:


‘ 2501 Grants to States for Veterans Emergency Assistance Programs

    ‘(a) GRANTS FOR STATES- The Secretary may make grants to States for programs to assist veterans suffering financial hardship as a result of an emergency.


      ‘(1) IN GENERAL- A State shall submit to the Secretary an application for a grant in such form as the Secretary shall require.

      ‘(2) CONTENTS- An application submitted under paragraph (1) shall contain, at a minimum, the following information:

        ‘(A) A description of the political subdivision of State government that will administer the grant.

        ‘(B) A description of the eligible veterans to receive assistance using grants funds.

        ‘(C) The criteria used for determining which types of emergencies qualify an eligible individual for assistance under the program.

        ‘(D) A description of the types of financial assistance made available under the program.

        ‘(E) A statement of the maximum amount of assistance that an eligible individual may receive under the program in any 12 month period.

        ‘(F) Any restriction on the use of financial assistance received by an eligible individual under the program.

        ‘(G) Such additional information as the Secretary may require.

    ‘(c) USE OF GRANTS- A grant received by a State under subsection (a) shall be used by the State (or political subdivision as determined by the State) for providing financial assistance to veterans and other eligible individuals under a program described in subsection (a).

    ‘(d) FEDERAL SHARE- The Federal share of the cost of carrying out in any fiscal year a program receiving funding from a grant made under subsection (a) shall not exceed 75 percent.

    ‘(e) MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF GRANTS- A State may not receive more than 5 percent of total amounts appropriated, nor more than $1,000,000 in grants under subsection (a) in any fiscal year.

    ‘(f) DEFINITIONS- In this section, the following definitions apply:

      ‘(1) EMERGENCY- The term ‘emergency’ means an illness or accident resulting in interruption or loss of employment, fire or other disaster resulting in loss of a residence, or other event or condition as determined by a State.

      ‘(2) ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUAL- The term ‘eligible individual’ means a veteran, as defined in section 101(2) of this title, a spouse or surviving spouse of a veteran, as defined in section 101(3) of this title, a child, as defined in section 101(4) of this title, or other dependent of a veteran.

    ‘(g) COORDINATION WITH OTHER BENEFITS PAID TO THE RECIPIENT- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, receipt by an individual of assistance under this chapter shall not impair, infringe, or otherwise affect the right of such individual to apply for or receive any other benefit or assistance to which the individual is otherwise entitled under any law administered by the Secretary.’.

    (b) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS- There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this Act $20,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2003 through 2007.