H.R.1415 - Combat Merchant Mariners Benefits Act of 1993103rd Congress (1993-1994)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Hochbrueckner, George J. [D-NY-1] (Introduced 03/18/1993)|
|Committees:||House - Merchant Marine and Fisheries; Veterans' Affairs|
|Latest Action:||03/31/1993 Executive Comment Requested from DOT. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.1415 — 103rd Congress (1993-1994)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (03/18/1993)
Combat Merchant Mariners Benefits Act of 1993 - Provides that: (1) service in the U.S. merchant marine during a period of war for a total period equal to at least 12 months shall be considered active duty in determining eligibility for veterans benefits; and (2) such service may be verified by entries in a continuous discharge book, a certificate of discharge to merchant seamen, a certificate of substantially continuous service, or other documentation available from the Secretary of Transportation or the head of any other Federal agency.
Specifies that: (1) the minimum active-duty service requirement of any law administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs shall apply in determining eligibility for veterans' benefits under this Act; (2) the 12-month requirement under this Act shall not apply to an individual who is permanently disabled in the performance of such service while the vessel is subjected to hostile action; and (3) such service may have been rendered before, on, or after the date of enactment of this Act, with a limitation.
Authorizes the Secretary of Transportation to provide that any medal awarded to a member of the merchant marine for service during a period of war be provided without charge.