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S. 690 (113th): Filipino Veterans Fairness Act of 2013

The text of the bill below is as of Apr 9, 2013 (Introduced).


II

113th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 690

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

April 9, 2013

(for himself andMs. Hirono) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to theCommittee on Veterans' Affairs

A BILL

To amend title 38, United States Code, to deem certain service in the organized military forces of the Government of the Commonwealth of the Philippines and the Philippine Scouts to have been active service for purposes of benefits under programs administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Filipino Veterans Fairness Act of 2013 .

2.

Certain service in the organized military forces of the Philippines and the Philippine Scouts deemed to be active service

(a)

In General

Section 107of title 38, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

insubsection (a)

(A)

by strikingnotafterArmy of the United States, shall; and

(B)

by striking, except benefits under—and all that follows in that subsection and inserting a period;

(2)

insubsection (b)

(A)

by strikingnotafter Armed Forces Voluntary Recruitment Act of 1945shall; and

(B)

by strikingexcept—and all that follows in that subsection and inserting a period;

(3)

by amendingsubsection (c)to read as follows:

(c)

Determination of eligibility

(1)

In general

In determining the eligibility of the service of an individual under this section, theSecretaryshall take into account any alternative documentation regarding such service, including documentation other than the Missouri List, that theSecretarydetermines relevant.

(2)

Report

Not later than March 1 of each year, theSecretaryshall submit to theCommittee on Veterans’ Affairs of the SenateandCommittee on Veterans' Affairs of the House of Representativesa report that includes—

(A)

the number of individuals applying for benefits pursuant to this section during the previous year; and

(B)

the number of such individuals that the Secretary approved for benefits.

; and

(4)

by amending subsection (d) to read as follows:

(d)

Relation to Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation Fund

Section 1002(h) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (title X of division A ofPublic Law 111–5 ;123 Stat. 200; 38 U.S.C. 107note)shall not apply to an individual described insubsection (a)or(b)of this section.

.

(b)

Conforming Amendments

(1)

The heading of such section is amended to read as follows:

107.

Certain service deemed to be active service: service in organized military forces of the Philippines and in the Philippine Scouts

.

(2)

The item relating to such section in the table of sections at the beginning ofchapter 1of such title is amended to read as follows:

107. Certain service deemed to be active service: service in organized military forces of the Philippines and in the Philippine Scouts.

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3.

Effective date

(a)

In general

The amendments made by this Act shall take effect on the date that is 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.

(b)

Applicability

No benefits shall accrue to any person for any period before the effective date of this Act by reason of the amendments made by this Act.