IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
January 31, 2013
Ms. Murkowski introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs
To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the interment in national cemeteries under the control of the National Cemetery Administration of individuals who served in combat support of the Armed Forces in the Kingdom of Laos between February 28, 1961, and May 15, 1975, and for other purposes.
Eligibility for interment in national cemeteries for certain service in the Kingdom of Laos
Section 2402(a) of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
Any individual who—
the Secretary determines served in combat support of the Armed Forces (including combat support involving any covert action of the United States, as defined in section 503(e) of the National Security Act of 1947 (50 U.S.C. 413b)) in the Kingdom of Laos during the period beginning on February 28, 1961, and ending on May 15, 1975; and
at the time of the individual's death was a citizen of the United States or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States.
The amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply with respect to an individual who dies on or after the date of the enactment of this Act.