IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
May 14, 2014
Ms. Murkowski (for herself, Mr. Franken, Ms. Klobuchar, Mrs. Feinstein, Mr. Begich, Mr. Whitehouse, Mr. Levin, and Mr. Pryor) 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 Secretary of Veterans Affairs to inter in national cemeteries individuals who supported the United States in Laos during the Vietnam War era.
This Act may be cited as the
Hmong Veterans’ Service Recognition Act
Eligibility for interment in national cemeteries
Section 2402(a) of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
at the time of the individual’s death resided in the United States; or
the Secretary determines served with a special guerrilla unit or irregular forces operating from a base in Laos in support of the Armed Forces of the United States at any time during the period beginning February 28, 1961, and ending May 7, 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; and
resided in the United States.
The amendment made by this Act shall apply with respect to an individual dying on or after the date of the enactment of this Act.