Text: H.R.4870 — 108th Congress (2003-2004)All Information (Except Text)

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108th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 4870


To amend title 38, United States Code, to revise the effective date for payment of lump sums to persons awarded the Medal of Honor who are in receipt of special pension pursuant to section 1562 of such title, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 20, 2004

Mr. Green of Wisconsin introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs


A BILL

To amend title 38, United States Code, to revise the effective date for payment of lump sums to persons awarded the Medal of Honor who are in receipt of special pension pursuant to section 1562 of such title, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Effective date for payment of lump sums to persons awarded the Medal of Honor.

Section 1562(f) of title 38, United States Code, is amended—

(1) in paragraph (1) by inserting “on or after April 27, 1916,” after “under this section”;

(2) in paragraph (2) by inserting “or (4)” after “paragraph (1)”; and

(3) by adding at the end the following new paragraphs:

“(3) If a person otherwise eligible for payment under paragraph (1) is deceased, the Secretary shall make the payment to the living person first listed below:

“(A) The decedent’s spouse.

“(B) The decedent’s children (in equal shares).

“(C) The decedent’s dependent parents (in equal shares).

“(4) If a person is awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously on or after April 27, 1916, the Secretary shall pay, in a lump sum, an amount equal to the total amount of special pension that the person would have received during the period beginning on the first day of the first month beginning after the date of the act for which the person was awarded the Medal of Honor and ending on the last day of the month preceding the month in which the person died to the living person first listed below:

“(A) The decedent’s spouse.

“(B) The decedent’s children (in equal shares).

“(C) The decedent’s dependent parents (in equal shares).”.