IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
April 13, 2021
Mr. Lankford (for himself and Mr. Carper) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs
To amend title 38, United States Code, to expand eligibility for the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship to include spouses and children of individuals who die from a service-connected disability within 120 days of serving in the Armed Forces, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Fry Scholarship Enhancement Act of 2021.
Expansion of eligibility for Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship
Section 3311(b)(8) of title 38, United States Code, is amended—
dies in line of duty and inserting the following: “dies—
in line of duty
in subparagraph (A), as designated by paragraph (1), by striking the period at the end and inserting
; or; and
by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:
from a service-connected disability during the 120-day period beginning on the first day immediately following the last day on which the individual was discharged or released from active duty as a member of the Armed Forces or duty other than active duty as a member of the Armed Forces, but only if—
the person was discharged with an honorable discharge; or
the person's service in the Armed Forces was characterized by the Secretary concerned as honorable.
The amendments made by subsection (a) shall apply with respect to—
deaths that occur before, on, or after the date of the enactment of this Act; and
a quarter, semester, or term, as applicable, commencing on or after August 1, 2023.