H.R. 671 (111th): In Memory Medal for Forgotten Veterans Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jan 26, 2009 (Introduced).

Source: GPO

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111th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 671

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 26, 2009

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services

A BILL

To direct the Secretary of Defense to issue a medal to certain veterans who died after their service in the Vietnam War as a direct result of that service.

1.

Short Title

This Act may be cited as the In Memory Medal for Forgotten Veterans Act.

2.

Medal to honor veterans who died as a result of their service in the Vietnam War

(a)

Medal Authorized

There is established a medal, to be known as the Jesus (Chuchi) Salgado Medal, to be issued by the Secretary of Defense for each veteran of the Vietnam War who died after serving in the war, but whose death is determined by the Secretary of Defense to be a direct result of that service, and whose name is not eligible for placement on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial authorized under Public Law 96–297 (16 U.S.C. 431 note).

(b)

Application and Design

The Jesus (Chuchi) Salgado Medal shall be issued upon receipt by the Secretary of Defense of an application for such medal, submitted in accordance with such regulations as the Secretary prescribes. The medal shall be of an appropriate design approved by the Secretary.

(c)

Issuance to Representative of Deceased

A Jesus (Chuchi) Salgado Medal issued for a veteran described in subsection (a) shall be issued to the next-of-kin or representative of such veteran, as designated by the Secretary of Defense.

(d)

Assistance from the Department of Veterans Affairs

The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall make available to the Secretary of Defense such records, and otherwise provide such assistance, as the Secretary of Defense may require for purposes of this section.