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S. 1594: SERVICE Act


The text of the bill below is as of May 22, 2019 (Introduced).


II

116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1594

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 22, 2019

(for herself and Mr. Crapo) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs

A BILL

To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for unlimited eligibility for health care for mental illnesses for veterans of combat service during certain periods of hostilities and war.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Show Esteem and Respect for Veterans by Increasing Care and Equity Act or the SERVICE Act.

2.

Unlimited eligibility for health care for mental illnesses for veterans of combat service during certain periods of hostilities and war

(a)

Eligibility

Section 1710(e)(1) of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

(G)

Notwithstanding paragraphs (2) and (3), a veteran who served on active duty in a theater of combat operations (as determined by the Secretary in consultation with the Secretary of Defense) during World War II, the Korean conflict, the Vietnam era, the Persian Gulf War, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, or any other period of war after the Persian Gulf War, or in combat against a hostile force during a period in which hostilities are occurring in that area, is eligible for hospital care, medical services, and nursing home care under subsection (a)(2)(F) for any mental illness, notwithstanding that there is insufficient medical evidence to conclude that such illness is attributable to such service.

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(b)

Effective date

Subparagraph (G) of section 1710(e)(1) of title 38, United States Code, as added by subsection (a), shall apply with respect to hospital care, medical services, and nursing home care provided on or after the date of the enactment of this Act.