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H.R. 3040 (114th): To require the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, to develop guidelines regarding the use by the Secretaries of the military departments and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs of unofficial sources of information to determine the eligibility of a member or former member of the Armed Forces for benefits and decorations when the member’s service records are incomplete because of damage to the records, including records damaged by a 1973 fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

The text of the bill below is as of Jul 13, 2015 (Introduced).


I

114th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3040

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 13, 2015

(for herself, Mr. LaMalfa, Ms. Brownley of California, Ms. Clarke of New York, Mr. Costa, Mr. Higgins, Mr. Honda, Mr. Israel, Ms. Pingree, Mr. Rangel, Mr. Serrano, Mr. Stewart, Mr. Tonko, Ms. Tsongas, Mr. Van Hollen, Ms. Velázquez, and Mr. Yoho) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services, and in addition to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To require the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, to develop guidelines regarding the use by the Secretaries of the military departments and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs of unofficial sources of information to determine the eligibility of a member or former member of the Armed Forces for benefits and decorations when the member’s service records are incomplete because of damage to the records, including records damaged by a 1973 fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

1.

Development of guidelines for use of unofficial sources of information to determine eligibility of members and former members of the Armed Forces for benefits and decorations when the service records are incomplete because of damage to the official record

(a)

Guidelines required

The Secretary of Defense shall develop guidelines regarding the use by the Secretaries of the military departments and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs of unofficial sources of information, including eyewitness statements, to determine the eligibility of a member or former member of the Armed Forces for benefits and decorations when the service records of the member are incomplete because of damage to the records as a result of the 1973 fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri, or any subsequent incident while the records were in the possession of the Department of Defense.

(b)

Consultation

The Secretary of Defense shall prepare the guidelines in consultation with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, with respect to veterans benefits under title 38, United States Code, whose eligibility determinations depend on the use of service records maintained by the Department of Defense.

(c)

Time for completion

The Secretary of Defense shall complete development of the guidelines not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act.