H.R.5173 - Montgomery GI Bill Enhancement Act of 2002107th Congress (2001-2002)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Camp, Dave [R-MI-4] (Introduced 07/22/2002)|
|Committees:||House - Veterans' Affairs; Armed Services|
|Latest Action:||House - 08/09/2002 Referred to the Subcommittee on Benefits. (All Actions)|
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[Congressional Bills 107th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H.R. 5173 Introduced in House (IH)] 107th CONGRESS 2d Session H. R. 5173 To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for certain servicemembers to become eligible for educational assistance under the Montgomery GI Bill. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES July 22, 2002 Mr. Camp introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Armed Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for certain servicemembers to become eligible for educational assistance under the Montgomery GI Bill. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Montgomery GI Bill Enhancement Act of 2002''. SEC. 2. OPPORTUNITY FOR CERTAIN ACTIVE-DUTY PERSONNEL TO ENROLL UNDER THE MONTGOMERY GI BILL. (a) In General.--Chapter 30 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by inserting after section 3018C the following new sections: ``Sec. 3018D. Opportunity for certain active-duty personnel to enroll ``(a)(1) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, during the one-year period beginning on the date of the enactment of this section, a qualified individual (described in subsection (b)) may make an irrevocable election under this section to become entitled to basic educational assistance under this chapter. ``(2) The Secretary of each military department shall provide for procedures for a qualified individual to make an irrevocable election under this section in accordance with regulations prescribed by the Secretary of Defense for the purpose of carrying out this section or which the Secretary of Transportation shall provide for such purpose with respect to the Coast Guard when it is not operating as a service in the Navy. ``(b) A qualified individual referred to in subsection (a) is an individual who meets each of the following requirements: ``(1) The individual first became a member of the Armed Forces or first entered on active duty as a member of the Armed Forces before July 1, 1985. ``(2) The individual has served on active duty without a break in service since the date the individual first became such a member or first entered on active duty as such a member. ``(3) The individual, before applying for benefits under this section, has completed the requirements of a secondary school diploma (or equivalency certificate) or has successfully completed (or otherwise received academic credit for) the equivalent of 12 semester hours in a program of education leading to a standard college degree. ``(4) The individual, when discharged or released from active duty, is discharged or released therefrom with an honorable discharge. ``(c)(1) Subject to the succeeding provisions of this subsection, with respect to a qualified individual who makes an election under this section to become entitled to basic educational assistance under this chapter-- ``(A) the basic pay of the qualified individual shall be reduced (in a manner determined by the Secretary concerned) until the total amount by which such basic pay is reduced is $2,700; and ``(B) to the extent that basic pay is not so reduced before the qualified individual's discharge or release from active duty as specified in subsection (b)(4), at the election of the qualified individual-- ``(i) the Secretary concerned shall collect from the qualified individual; or ``(ii) the Secretary concerned shall reduce the retired or retainer pay of the qualified individual by, an amount equal to the difference between $2,700 and the total amount of reductions under subparagraph (A), which shall be paid into the Treasury of the United States as miscellaneous receipts. ``(2)(A) The Secretary concerned shall provide for an 18-month period, beginning on the date the qualified individual makes an election under this section, for the qualified individual to pay that Secretary the amount due under paragraph (1). ``(B) Nothing in subparagraph (A) shall be construed as modifying the period of eligibility for and entitlement to basic educational assistance under this chapter applicable under section 3031 of this title. ``(d) With respect to qualified individuals referred to in subsection (c)(1)(B), no amount of educational assistance allowance under this chapter shall be paid to the qualified individual until the earlier of the date on which-- ``(1) the Secretary concerned collects the applicable amount under clause (i) of such subsection; or ``(2) the retired or retainer pay of the qualified individual is first reduced under clause (ii) of such subsection. ``(e) The Secretary, in conjunction with the Secretary of Defense, shall provide for notice of the opportunity under this section to elect to become entitled to basic educational assistance under this chapter.''. (b) Conforming Amendments.--Section 3017(b)(1) of such title is amended-- (1) in subparagraphs (A) and (C), by striking ``or 3018C(e)'' and inserting ``3018C(e), or 3018D(c)''; and (2) in subparagraph (B), by inserting ``or 3018D(c)'' after ``under section 3018C(e)''. (c) Clerical Amendment.--The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 30 of such title is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 3018C the following new item: ``3018D. Opportunity for certain active-duty personnel to enroll.''. <all>