H. R. 1826
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
March 18, 2019
Mr. Lamb (for himself and Mr. Mast) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs
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.
This Act may be cited as the
Veterans Valuing Our Widows and Widowers Act or the
Veterans VOW Act.
Medal of Honor special pension for surviving spouses
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
Special pension for surviving spouses
Surviving spouse benefit
Such subsection is further amended—
by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
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.
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—
for one year or more prior to the veteran's death; or
for any period of time if a child was born of the marriage, or was born to them before the marriage.
Such section is amended—
in subsection (d), by inserting
or married to more than one person who has been awarded the Medal of Honor, after
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,.
Special provisions relating to marriages
Section 103(d)(5) of such title is amended by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:
Section 1562(a)(2), relating to Medal of Honor special pension.
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.