IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
March 25, 2021
Mr. Menendez introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs
To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve compensation for disabilities occurring in Persian Gulf War veterans, and for other purposes.
Improving compensation for disabilities occurring in Persian Gulf War veterans
Reduction in threshold of eligibility
Subsection (a)(1) of section 1117 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by striking
became manifest— and all that follows through the period at the end and inserting
became manifest to any degree at any time.
Permanent extension of period of eligibility
Such section is amended by striking subsection (b).
Such section, as amended by paragraph (1), is further amended—
by redesignating subsections (c) and (d) as subsections (b) and (c), respectively; and
in subsection (a)(2)(C), by striking
under subsection (d) and inserting
under subsection (c).
Establishing singular Disability Based Questionnaire
Such section, as amended by subsection (b), is further amended by inserting after subsection (c) the following new subsection (d):
The Secretary shall develop a Disability Benefits Questionnaire (DBQ), or successor questionnaire, such that if a Persian Gulf veteran presents with any one symptom associated with Gulf War Illness, use of such questionnaire is mandatory for health care personnel of the Department for the identification of Gulf War Illness.
Expansion of definition of Persian Gulf veteran
Subsection (f) of such section is amended by inserting
, Afghanistan, Israel, Egypt, Turkey, Syria, or Jordan after
Such section is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:
The Secretary shall take such actions as may be necessary to ensure that health care personnel of the Department are appropriately trained to effectively carry out this section.
Not less frequently than once each year, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report on the actions taken by the Secretary to carry out paragraph (1).