H.R. 2419 (112th): COMBAT PTSD Act

112th Congress, 2011–2013. Text as of Jul 06, 2011 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2419

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 6, 2011

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

A BILL

To amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify the meaning of combat with the enemy for purposes of service-connection of disabilities.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Compensation Owed for Mental Health Based on Activities in Theater Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Act or the COMBAT PTSD Act.

2.

Clarification of meaning of combat with the enemy for purposes of service-connection of disabilities

(a)

Clarification

Section 1154(b) of title 38, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by striking In the case and inserting (1) In the case; and

(2)

by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(2)

For the purposes of this subsection, the term combat with the enemy includes service on active duty—

(A)

in a theater of combat operations (as determined by the Secretary in consultation with the Secretary of Defense) during a period of war; or

(B)

in combat against a hostile force during a period of hostilities.

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(b)

Effective date

Paragraph (2) of subsection (b) of section 1154 of title 38, United States Code, as added by subsection (a), shall apply with respect to a claim for disability compensation under chapter 11 of such title pending on or after the date of the enactment of this Act.