Text: H.R.6723 — 110th Congress (2007-2008)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (07/31/2008)


110th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6723


To provide benefits under the Post-Deployment/Mobilization Respite Absence program for certain periods before the implementation of the program.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 31, 2008

Mr. Braley of Iowa (for himself, Mr. Kline of Minnesota, Mr. Boswell, Mr. Loebsack, Mr. Latham, Mr. King of Iowa, Mr. Oberstar, Ms. McCollum of Minnesota, Mr. Walz of Minnesota, Mr. Peterson of Minnesota, Mr. Ellison, Mr. Ramstad, and Mrs. Bachmann) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services


A BILL

To provide benefits under the Post-Deployment/Mobilization Respite Absence program for certain periods before the implementation of the program.

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 “Guaranteed Benefits for Our Troops Act” .

SEC. 2. Benefits under Post-Deployment/Mobilization Respite Absence program for certain periods before implementation of program.

(a) In general.—Under regulations prescribed by the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary concerned shall provide any member or former member of the Armed Forces with the benefits specified in subsection (b) if the member or former member would, on any day during the period beginning on January 19, 2007, and ending on the date of the implementation of the Post-Deployment/Mobilization Respite Absence (PDMRA) program by the Secretary concerned, have qualified for a day of administrative absence under the Post-Deployment/Mobilization Respite Absence program had the program been in effect during such period.

(b) Benefits.—The benefits specified in this subsection are the following:

(1) In the case of an individual who is a former member of the Armed Forces at the time of the provision of benefits under this section, payment of an amount not to exceed $200 for each day the individual would have qualified for a day of administrative absence as described in subsection (a) during the period specified in that subsection.

(2) In the case of an individual who is a member of the Armed Forces at the time of the provision of benefits under this section, either one day of administrative absence or payment of an amount not to exceed $200, as selected by the Secretary concerned, for each day the individual would have qualified for a day of administrative absence as described in subsection (a) during the period specified in that subsection.

(c) Exclusion of certain former members.—A former member of the Armed Forces is not eligible under this section for the benefits specified in subsection (b)(1) if the former member was discharged or released from the Armed Forces under other than honorable conditions.

(d) Maximum number of days of benefits.—The number of days of benefits providable to a member or former member of the Armed Forces under this section may not exceed 40 days of benefits.

(e) Form of payment.—The paid benefits providable under subsection (b) may be paid in a lump sum or installments, at the election of the Secretary concerned.

(f) Construction with other pay and leave.—The benefits provided a member or former member of the Armed Forces under this section are in addition to any other pay, absence, or leave provided by law.

(g) Definitions.—In this section:

(1) The term “Post-Deployment/Mobilization Respite Absence program” means the program of a military department to provide days of administrative absence not chargeable against available leave to certain deployed or mobilized members of the Armed Forces in order to assist such members in reintegrating into civilian life after deployment or mobilization.

(2) The term “Secretary concerned” has the meaning given that term in section 101(5) of title 37, United States Code.

(h) Termination.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—The authority to provide benefits under this section shall expire on the date that is one year after the date of the enactment of this Act.

(2) CONSTRUCTION.—Expiration under this subsection of the authority to provide benefits under this section shall not affect the utilization of any day of administrative absence provided a member of the Armed Forces under subsection (b)(2), or the payment of any payment authorized a member or former member of the Armed Forces under subsection (b), before the expiration of the authority in this section.


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