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H.R. 1812: Vet Center Eligibility Expansion Act

The text of the bill below is as of May 21, 2019 (Passed the House).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1812

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

AN ACT

To amend title 38, United States Code, to furnish Vet Center readjustment counseling and related mental health services to certain individuals.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Vet Center Eligibility Expansion Act.

2.

Expansion of Vet Center services

Section 1712A of title 38, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by striking clauses (i) through (iv) both places it appears and inserting clauses (i) through (vi);

(2)

by striking in clause (v) both places it appears and inserting in clause (vii);

(3)

in subsection (a)(1)(C)—

(A)

by redesignating clauses (iv) and (v) as clauses (vi) and (vii), respectively; and

(B)

by inserting after clause (iii) the following new clauses:

(iv)

Any individual who is a veteran or member of the Armed Forces, including a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces, who served—

(I)

on active service in response to a national emergency or major disaster declared by the President; or

(II)

in the National Guard of a State under orders of the chief executive of that State in response to a disaster or civil disorder in such State.

(v)

Any individual who participated in a drug interdiction operation as a member of the Coast Guard, regardless of the location of that operation.

; and

(4)

in subsection (h), by adding at the end the following new paragraphs:

(4)

The term active service has the meaning given that term in section 101 of title 10.

(5)

The term civil disorder has the meaning given that term in section 232 of title 18.

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3.

Plan to provide Vet Center services to veterans living in areas where no Vet Center is located

The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall submit to the Committees on Veterans’ Affairs of the Senate and House of Representatives a plan to provide Vet Center services to veterans living in geographic areas where no Vet Center is located, including in the United States insular areas.

Passed the House of Representatives May 21, 2019.

Karen L. Haas,

Clerk.