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H.R. 1826: Veterans Valuing Our Widows and Widowers Act

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 18, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1826

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 18, 2019

(for himself and Mr. Mast) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs

A BILL

To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide payment of Medal of Honor special pension under such title to the surviving spouse of a deceased Medal of Honor recipient, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Veterans Valuing Our Widows and Widowers Act or the Veterans VOW Act.

2.

Medal of Honor special pension for surviving spouses

(a)

Codification of current rate of special pension

Subsection (a) of section 1562 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by striking $1,000 and inserting $1,329.58.

(b)

Special pension for surviving spouses

(1)

Surviving spouse benefit

Such subsection is further amended—

(A)

by inserting (1) after (a); and

(B)

by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(2)
(A)

Except as provided in subparagraph (B), the Secretary shall pay special pension under this section to the surviving spouse of a person who was awarded a Medal of Honor as described in section 1134a(b) of title 10.

(B)

No special pension shall be paid to a surviving spouse of a person under this section unless such surviving spouse was married to such person—

(i)

for one year or more prior to the veteran's death; or

(ii)

for any period of time if a child was born of the marriage, or was born to them before the marriage.

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(2)

Conforming amendments

(A)

In general

Such section is amended—

(i)

in subsection (d), by inserting or married to more than one person who has been awarded the Medal of Honor, after Honor,; and

(ii)

in subsection (f)(1), by striking this section and inserting paragraph (1) of subsection (a), or under paragraph (2) of such subsection in the case of a posthumous entry on the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard medal of Honor Roll,.

(B)

Special provisions relating to marriages

Section 103(d)(5) of such title is amended by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

(E)

Section 1562(a)(2), relating to Medal of Honor special pension.

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(3)

Effective date

The amendments made by this subsection shall apply with respect to payment of pension under section 1562 of title 38, United States Code, for months beginning after the date of the enactment of this Act.