H.R. 5825 (110th): Hubbard Act

110th Congress, 2007–2009. Text as of Apr 16, 2008 (Introduced).

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110th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 5825

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 16, 2008

(for himself, Mr. Costa, Mr. Akin, Mr. Alexander, Mr. Andrews, Mr. Arcuri, Mr. Baca, Mr. Barrett of South Carolina, Mr. Barrow, Mr. Bartlett of Maryland, Mr. Barton of Texas, Ms. Bean, Ms. Berkley, Mr. Berman, Mr. Berry, Mr. Bilbray, Mr. Bilirakis, Mr. Bishop of Utah, Mr. Bishop of Georgia, Mrs. Blackburn, Mr. Blunt, Mr. Boehner, Mr. Bonner, Mrs. Bono Mack, Mr. Boozman, Mr. Boren, Mr. Boswell, Mr. Boustany, Mr. Boyd of Florida, Mrs. Boyda of Kansas, Mr. Brady of Texas, Mr. Broun of Georgia, Mr. Brown of South Carolina, Ms. Ginny Brown-Waite of Florida, Mr. Buchanan, Mr. Burgess, Mr. Burton of Indiana, Mr. Buyer, Mr. Calvert, Mr. Camp of Michigan, Mr. Campbell of California, Mr. Cannon, Mr. Cantor, Mrs. Capito, Mr. Cardoza, Mr. Carney, Mr. Carter, Mr. Castle, Mr. Chabot, Mr. Chandler, Mr. Coble, Mr. Cole of Oklahoma, Mr. Conaway, Mr. Cooper, Mr. Cramer, Mr. Crenshaw, Mrs. Cubin, Mr. Cummings, Mr. Davis of Kentucky, Mr. Lincoln Davis of Tennessee, Mr. Tom Davis of Virginia, Mr. Deal of Georgia, Mr. Dent, Mr. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida, Mr. Lincoln Diaz-Balart of Florida, Mr. Donnelly, Mr. Doolittle, Mr. Doyle, Mrs. Drake, Mr. Dreier, Mr. Edwards, Mr. Ehlers, Mr. English of Pennsylvania, Mr. Everett, Ms. Fallin, Mr. Feeney, Mr. Ferguson, Mr. Filner, Mr. Flake, Mr. Forbes, Mr. Fortenberry, Mr. Fossella, Ms. Foxx, Mr. Franks of Arizona, Mr. Gallegly, Mr. Gerlach, Mr. Gingrey, Mr. Gohmert, Mr. Gonzalez, Mr. Goode, Mr. Gordon of Tennessee, Mr. Graves, Mr. Grijalva, Mr. Gutierrez, Mr. Hall of New York, Mr. Hall of Texas, Mr. Hare, Ms. Harman, Mr. Hastings of Washington, Mr. Hayes, Mr. Heller of Nevada, Mr. Herger, Ms. Herseth Sandlin, Mr. Hinojosa, Mr. Hoekstra, Mr. Holden, Mr. Hunter, Mr. Inslee, Mr. Issa, Mr. Sam Johnson of Texas, Mr. Jones of North Carolina, Mr. Keller of Florida, Mr. Kennedy, Mr. King of New York, Mr. Kingston, Mr. Kirk, Mr. Kline of Minnesota, Mr. Kucinich, Mr. Kuhl of New York, Mr. LaHood, Mr. Lamborn, Mr. Lampson, Mr. Latham, Mr. LaTourette, Mr. Lewis of California, Mr. Lewis of Kentucky, Mr. Linder, Mr. LoBiondo, Ms. Zoe Lofgren of California, Mr. Lucas, Mr. Daniel E. Lungren of California, Mr. Lynch, Mr. Mahoney of Florida, Mr. Marshall, Mr. Matheson, Mr. McCarthy of California, Mr. McCaul of Texas, Mr. McCotter, Mr. McCrery, Mr. McGovern, Mr. McHenry, Mr. McHugh, Mr. McKeon, Mrs. McMorris Rodgers, Mr. McNerney, Mr. Meeks of New York, Mr. Melancon, Mr. Mica, Mr. Michaud, Mrs. Miller of Michigan, Mr. Gary G. Miller of California, Mr. Miller of Florida, Mr. Mitchell, Mr. Moore of Kansas, Mr. Moran of Kansas, Mr. Patrick J. Murphy of Pennsylvania, Mr. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania, Mrs. Musgrave, Mrs. Myrick, Mrs. Napolitano, Mr. Neugebauer, Ms. Norton, Mr. Ortiz, Mr. Pastor, Mr. Pearce, Mr. Pence, Mr. Peterson of Minnesota, Mr. Peterson of Pennsylvania, Mr. Pitts, Mr. Platts, Mr. Pomeroy, Mr. Porter, Mr. Price of Georgia, Ms. Pryce of Ohio, Mr. Putnam, Mr. Radanovich, Mr. Ramstad, Mr. Rehberg, Mr. Reyes, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Rodriguez, Mr. Rogers of Kentucky, Mr. Rogers of Alabama, Mr. Rohrabacher, Mr. Roskam, Ms. Ros-Lehtinen, Mr. Ross, Ms. Roybal-Allard, Mr. Royce, Mr. Ryan of Wisconsin, Mr. Salazar, Mr. Sali, Ms. Loretta Sanchez of California, Mr. Saxton, Mr. Schiff, Mrs. Schmidt, Mr. Scott of Georgia, Mr. Sensenbrenner, Mr. Sessions, Mr. Shays, Mr. Shimkus, Mr. Shuler, Mr. Shuster, Mr. Simpson, Mr. Sires, Mr. Smith of Nebraska, Mr. Snyder, Ms. Solis, Mr. Souder, Mr. Space, Mr. Spratt, Mr. Stearns, Mr. Sullivan, Mr. Tanner, Mrs. Tauscher, Mr. Taylor, Mr. Terry, Mr. Thompson of California, Mr. Thornberry, Mr. Tiberi, Mr. Turner, Mr. Udall of Colorado, Mr. Upton, Mr. Van Hollen, Mr. Walberg, Mr. Walz of Minnesota, Mr. Wamp, Ms. Watson, Mr. Waxman, Mr. Weller of Illinois, Mr. Westmoreland, Mr. Whitfield of Kentucky, Mr. Wilson of Ohio, Mrs. Wilson of New Mexico, Mr. Wilson of South Carolina, Mr. Wolf, Mr. Yarmuth, Mr. Young of Alaska, and Mr. McNulty) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services, and in addition to the Committees on Veterans’ Affairs and Oversight and Government Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To amend titles 5, 10, 37, and 38, United States Code, to ensure the fair treatment of a member of the Armed Forces who is discharged from the Armed Forces, at the request of the member, pursuant to the Department of Defense policy permitting the early discharge of a member who is the only surviving child in a family in which the father or mother, or one or more siblings, served in the Armed Forces and, because of hazards incident to such service, was killed, died as a result of wounds, accident, or disease, is in a captured or missing in action status, or is permanently disabled, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title; table of contents

(a)

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Hubbard Act.

(b)

Table of contents

The table of contents for this Act is as follows:

Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents.

Sec. 2. Continued payment of bonuses and similar benefits for members of the Armed Forces who receive sole survivorship discharge.

Sec. 3. Availability of separation pay for members of the Armed Forces with less than six years of active service who receive sole survivorship discharge.

Sec. 4. Transitional health care for members of the Armed Forces who receive sole survivorship discharge.

Sec. 5. Transitional commissary and exchange benefits for members of the Armed Forces who receive sole survivorship discharge.

Sec. 6. Veterans benefits for members of the Armed Forces who receive sole survivorship discharge.

Sec. 7. Unemployment compensation for members of the Armed Forces who receive sole survivorship discharge.

Sec. 8. Preference-eligible status for members of the Armed Forces who receive sole survivorship discharge.

Sec. 9. Effective date.

2.

Continued payment of bonuses and similar benefits for members of the Armed Forces who receive sole survivorship discharge

(a)

Effect of sole survivorship discharge

Section 303a(e) of title 37, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (1), by striking A member and inserting (A) Except as provided in paragraph (2), a member;

(2)

by redesignating paragraph (2) as subparagraph (B) of paragraph (1); and

(3)

by inserting after paragraph (1), as so amended, the following new paragraph (2):

(2)
(A)

If a member of the uniformed services receives a sole survivorship discharge, the Secretary concerned—

(i)

shall not require repayment by the member of the unearned portion of any bonus, incentive pay, or similar benefit previously paid to the member; and

(ii)

may grant an exception to the requirement to terminate the payment of any unpaid amounts of a bonus, incentive pay, or similar benefit if the Secretary concerned determines that termination of the payment of the unpaid amounts would be contrary to a personnel policy or management objective, would be against equity and good conscience, or would be contrary to the best interests of the United States.

(B)

In this paragraph, the term sole survivorship discharge means the separation of a member from the armed forces, at the request of the member, pursuant to the Department of Defense policy permitting the early separation of a member who is the only surviving child in a family in which—

(i)

the father or mother or one or more siblings—

(I)

served in the armed forces; and

(II)

was killed, died as a result of wounds, accident, or disease, is in a captured or missing in action status, or is permanently 100 percent disabled or hospitalized on a continuing basis (and is not employed gainfully because of the disability or hospitalization); and

(ii)

the death, status, or disability did not result from the intentional misconduct or willful neglect of the parent or sibling and was not incurred during a period of unauthorized absence.

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(b)

Sense of congress

In light of the extraordinary discretion granted to the Secretary of a military department by statute and policy to continue to pay the unpaid amounts of a bonus, incentive pay, or similar benefit otherwise due to a member of the Armed Forces under the jurisdiction of the Secretary who receives a sole survivorship discharge, it is the sense of Congress that the Secretaries of the military departments should aggressively use such discretion to the benefit of members receiving a sole survivorship discharge.

3.

Availability of separation pay for members of the Armed Forces with less than six years of active service who receive sole survivorship discharge

Section 1174 of title 10, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by redesignating subsection (i) as subsection (j); and

(2)

by inserting after subsection (h) the following new subsection:

(i)

Special rule for members receiving sole survivorship discharge

(1)

A member of the armed forces who receives a sole survivorship discharge shall be entitled to separation pay under this section even though the member has completed less than six years of active service immediately before that discharge. Subsection (e) shall not apply to a member who receives a sole survivorship discharge.

(2)

The amount of the separation pay to be paid to a member pursuant to this subsection shall be based on the years of active service actually completed by the member before the member’s sole survivorship discharge.

(3)

In this subsection, the term sole survivorship discharge means the separation of a member from the armed forces, at the request of the member, pursuant to the Department of Defense policy permitting the early separation of a member who is the only surviving child in a family in which—

(A)

the father or mother or one or more siblings—

(i)

served in the armed forces; and

(ii)

was killed, died as a result of wounds, accident, or disease, is in a captured or missing in action status, or is permanently 100 percent disabled or hospitalized on a continuing basis (and is not employed gainfully because of the disability or hospitalization); and

(B)

the death, status, or disability did not result from the intentional misconduct or willful neglect of the parent or sibling and was not incurred during a period of unauthorized absence.

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4.

Transitional health care for members of the Armed Forces who receive sole survivorship discharge

Section 1145(a)(2) of title 10, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

(E)

A member who receives a sole survivorship discharge (as defined in section 1174(i) of this title).

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5.

Transitional commissary and exchange benefits for members of the Armed Forces who receive sole survivorship discharge

Section 1146 of title 10, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by striking The Secretary of Defense and inserting the following:

(a)

Benefits for members involuntarily separated

The Secretary of Defense

; and

(2)

by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(b)

Benefits for members receiving sole survivorship discharge

A member of the armed forces who receives a sole survivorship discharge (as defined in section 1174(i) of this title) is entitled to continue to use commissary and exchange stores and morale, welfare, and recreational facilities in the same manner as a member on active duty during the two-year period beginning on the later of the following dates:

(1)

The date of the separation of the member.

(2)

The date on which the member is first notified of the members entitlement to benefits under this section.

.

6.

Veterans benefits for members of the Armed Forces who receive sole survivorship discharge

(a)

Housing loan benefits

Section 3702(a)(2) of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

(F)

Each veteran who was discharged or released from a period of active duty of 90 days or more by reason of a sole survivorship discharge (as that term is defined in section 1174(i) of title 10).

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(b)

Employment and training

Section 4211(4) of such title is amended—

(1)

in subparagraph (B), by striking or at the end;

(2)

in subparagraph (C), by striking the period at the end and inserting ; or; and

(3)

by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

(D)

was discharged or released from active duty by reason of a sole survivorship discharge (as that term is defined in section 1174(i) of title 10).

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(c)

Basic educational assistance

(1)

Service on active duty

Section 3011(a)(1) of such title is amended—

(A)

in subparagraph (A)(ii), by inserting after service-connected disability, the following: by reason of a sole survivorship discharge (as that term is defined in section 1174(i) of title 10),;

(B)

in subparagraph (B)(ii), by inserting after service-connected disability, the following: by reason of a sole survivorship discharge (as that term is defined in section 1174(i) of title 10),; and

(C)

in subparagraph (C)(iii)(II), by inserting after service-connected disability, the following: by reason of a sole survivorship discharge (as that term is defined in section 1174(i) of title 10),.

(2)

Service in the Selected Reserve

Section 3012(b)(1) of such title is amended—

(A)

in subparagraph (A)—

(i)

by striking , or (vi) and inserting , (vi); and

(ii)

by inserting before the period at the end the following: , or (vii) by reason of a sole survivorship discharge (as that term is defined in section 1174(i) of title 10); and

(B)

in subparagraph (B)—

(i)

in clause (i), by inserting after service-connected disability, the following: by reason of a sole survivorship discharge (as that term is defined in section 1174(i) of title 10),; and

(ii)

in clause (ii)—

(I)

by striking , or (VI) and inserting , (VI); and

(II)

by inserting before the period at the end the following: , or (VII) by reason of a sole survivorship discharge (as that term is defined in section 1174(i) of title 10).

7.

Unemployment compensation for members of the Armed Forces who receive sole survivorship discharge

Section 8521(a)(1)(B)(ii)(III) of title 5, United States Code, is amended by striking hardship, and inserting hardship (including pursuant to a sole survivorship discharge, as that term is defined in section 1174(i) of title 10),.

8.

Preference-eligible status for members of the Armed Forces who receive sole survivorship discharge

Section 2108(3) of title 5, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in subparagraph (F), by striking and at the end;

(2)

in subparagraph (G), by inserting and at the end; and

(3)

by inserting after subparagraph (G) the following:

(H)

a veteran who was discharged or released from a period of active duty by reason of a sole survivorship discharge (as that term is defined in section 1174(i) of title 10);

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9.

Effective date

(a)

Retroactive effective date

Except as provided in subsection (b), this Act and the amendments made by this Act shall apply with respect to any sole survivorship discharge granted after September 11, 2001.

(b)

Date of enactment effective date for certain amendments

The amendments made by sections 4, 6(c), 7, and 8 shall apply with respect to any sole survivorship discharge granted after the date of the enactment of this Act.

(c)

Sole survivorship discharge defined

In this section, the term sole survivorship discharge means the separation of a member from the Armed Forces, at the request of the member, pursuant to the Department of Defense policy permitting the early separation of a member who is the only surviving child in a family in which—

(1)

the father or mother or one or more siblings—

(A)

served in the armed forces; and

(B)

was killed, died as a result of wounds, accident, or disease, is in a captured or missing in action status, or is permanently 100 percent disabled or hospitalized on a continuing basis (and is not employed gainfully because of the disability or hospitalization); and

(2)

the death, status, or disability did not result from the intentional misconduct or willful neglect of the parent or sibling and was not incurred during a period of unauthorized absence.