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H.R. 1836: Guard and Reserve GI Bill Parity Act of 2021


The text of the bill below is as of Mar 11, 2021 (Introduced).


I

117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1836

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 11, 2021

(for himself, Mr. Takano, Mr. Palazzo, Ms. Mace, Mr. Ryan, Mr. Pappas, and Mr. Sablan) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs

A BILL

To amend title 38, United States Code, to ensure that the time during which members of the Armed Forces serve on active duty for training qualifies for educational assistance under the Post-9/11 Educational Assistance Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Guard and Reserve GI Bill Parity Act of 2021.

2.

Addition of other duty statuses to qualify for Post-9/11 Educational Assistance Program

(a)

Qualifying duty

Section 3311(b) of title 38, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by striking (including each place it appears and inserting (including other qualifying duty and;

(2)

by striking (excluding each place it appears and inserting (including other qualifying duty but excluding; and

(3)

in paragraph (2)(A), by inserting or other qualifying duty after active duty.

(b)

Other qualifying duty defined

Section 3301 of such title is amended—

(1)

by redesignating paragraphs (3) and (4) as paragraphs (4) and (5), respectively; and

(2)

by inserting after paragraph (2) the following new paragraph (3):

(3)

The term other qualifying duty means the following:

(A)

Duty under section 502 of title 32.

(B)

Duty for which a member is eligible to receive pay under section 204, 206, or 372 of title 37.

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(c)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall take effect on August 1, 2022, and shall apply with respect to—

(1)

academic years beginning on or after August 1, 2022; and

(2)

service performed before, on, or after the date of the enactment of this Act.

3.

Simplification of eligibility criteria for Department of Veterans Affairs Post-9/11 Educational Assistance

(a)

In general

Paragraph (1) of section 3301 of title 38, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:

(1)

The term active duty has the meanings as follows (subject to the limitations specified in sections 3002(6) and 3311(b)):

(A)

Active duty as described in section 101(21)(A) of this title.

(B)

Active duty for training as described in section 101(22)(A), (C), and (E) of this title.

(C)

Active duty as defined in section 101(12) of title 32.

(D)

Full-time National Guard duty as defined in section 101(19) of title 32.

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(b)

Effective date

The amendment made by subsection (a) shall take effect on August 1, 2022, and shall apply with respect to—

(1)

academic years beginning on or after August 1, 2022; and

(2)

service performed before, on, or after the date of the enactment of this Act.