H.R.3053 - To authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to issue exemplary rehabilitation certificates for certain individuals discharged from the Armed Forces.101st Congress (1989-1990)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Bennett, Charles E. [D-FL-3] (Introduced 07/31/1989)|
|Committees:||House - Armed Services; Veterans' Affairs; Education and Labor|
|Committee Reports:||H.Rept 101-561 Part 1|
|Latest Action:||House - 06/27/1990 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Veterans' Affairs. H. Rept. 101-561, Part I. (All Actions)|
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HR 3053 IH 101st CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 3053 To authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to issue exemplary rehabilitation certificates for certain individuals discharged from the Armed Forces. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES July 31, 1989 Mr. BENNETT (for himself, Mr. FAUNTROY, Mr. ROE, Mr. FRANK, Mr. ATKINS, Mrs. COLLINS, Mr. FLAKE, Mr. NEAL of North Carolina, Mr. HUGHES, Mr. FUSTER, Mr. CLAY, Mr. BERMAN, and Mrs. BENTLEY), introduced the following bill; which was referred jointly to the Committees on Armed Services, Veterans' Affairs, and Education and Labor A BILL To authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to issue exemplary rehabilitation certificates for certain individuals discharged from the Armed Forces. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. EXEMPLARY REHABILITATION CERTIFICATES. (a) APPLICATION- The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall act on any application for an Exemplary Rehabilitation Certificate received under this section from any person who was discharged or dismissed from the Armed Forces under conditions other than honorable, or who received a general discharge, at least three years before the date of receipt of such application. (b) ISSUANCE OF CERTIFICATE- (1) In the case of any individual discharged or dismissed from the Armed Forces under conditions other than honorable before or after the enactment of this section, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs may consider an application for, and issue to that person, an Exemplary Rehabilitation Certificate dated as of the date of issuance, if it is established to his satisfaction that such person has rehabilitated himself, that his character is good, and that his conduct, activities, and habits since he was discharged or dismissed have been exemplary for a reasonable period of time, but not less than three years. (2) The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall supply to the Secretary of Defense a copy of each Exemplary Rehabilitation Certificate which is issued, and the Secretary of Defense shall place it in the military personnel record of the individual to whom the certificate is issued. (c) SUPPORTING MATERIAL- For the purposes of subsection (b), oral and written evidence, or both, may be used, including-- (1) a notarized statement from the chief law enforcement officer of the town, city, or county in which the applicant resides, attesting to his general reputation so far as police and court records are concerned; (2) a notarized statement from his employer, if employed, giving the employer's address, and attesting to the applicant's general reputation and employment record; (3) notarized statements from not less than five persons, attesting that they have personally known him for at least three years as a person of good reputation and exemplary conduct, and the extent of personal contact they have had with him; and (4) such independent investigations as the Secretary of Veterans Affairs may make. Any person making application under this section may appear in person or by counsel before the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. (d) RESTRICTION- No benefits under any laws of the United States (including but not limited to those relating to pensions, compensation, hospitalization, military pay and allowances, education, loan guarantees, retired pay, or other benefits based on military service) shall accrue to any person to whom an Exemplary Rehabilitation Certificate is issued under subsection (b) unless he would be entitled to those benefits under his original discharge or dismissal. (e) EMPLOYMENT OFFICES- The Secretary of Labor shall require that the national system of public employment offices established under the Act of June 6, 1933, chapter 49, as amended (29 U.S.C. 49 et seq.), accord to any person who has been discharged or dismissed under conditions other than honorable but who has been issued an Exemplary Rehabilitation Certificate special counseling and job development assistance. (f) REPORT- The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall report to Congress not later than January 15 of each year the number of cases reviewed by him under this section and the number of Exemplary Rehabilitation Certificates issued. (g) IMPLEMENTATION- In carrying out the provisions of this section the Secretary of Veterans Affairs may-- (1) issue regulations; (2) delegate authority; and (3) utilize the services of the Office of Personnel Management for making such investigations as may be mutually agreeable.