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S. 889 (113th): Servicemembers’ Choice in Transition Act of 2013

The text of the bill below is as of May 7, 2013 (Introduced).



1st Session

S. 889


May 7, 2013

(for himself, Mr. Manchin, Mr. Moran, and Mr. Tester) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs


To amend title 10, United States Code, to improve the Transition Assistance Program of the Department of Defense, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Servicemembers' Choice in Transition Act of 2013 .


Contents of Transition Assistance Program


In general

Section 1144 of title 10, United States Code, is amended—


in subsection (b), by adding at the end the following new paragraph:


Provide information about disability-related employment and education protections.



by redesignating subsections (c), (d), and (e) as subsections (d), (e), and (f), respectively; and


by inserting after subsection (b) the following new subsection (c):


Additional elements of program

The mandatory program carried out under this section shall include—


for any member who plans to use the member’s entitlement to educational assistance under title 38


instruction providing an overview of the use of such entitlement; and


testing to determine academic readiness for post-secondary education, courses of post-secondary education appropriate for the member, courses of post-secondary education compatible with the member’s education goals, and instruction on how to finance the member’s post-secondary education; and


instruction in the benefits under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and in other subjects determined by the Secretary concerned.



Deadline for implementation

The program carried out under section 1144 of title 10, United States Code, shall comply with the requirements of subsections (b)(9) and (c) of such section, as added by subsection (a), by not later than April 1, 2015.


Feasibility study

Not later than 270 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall submit to the Committees on Veterans’ Affairs of the Senate and the House of Representatives the results of a study carried out by the Secretary to determine the feasibility of providing the instruction described in subsection (b) of section 1142 of title 10, United States Code, at all overseas locations where such instruction is provided by entering into a contract jointly with the Secretary of Labor for the provision of such instruction.