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Introduced in House (11/13/2013)


113th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 3469

To amend titles 5 and 38, United States Code, to clarify the veteran status of an individual based on the attendance of the individual at a preparatory school of a service academy, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
November 13, 2013

Mr. Issa (for himself, Ms. Duckworth, Mr. Brady of Pennsylvania, Ms. Brownley of California, Mr. Cárdenas, Mr. Cicilline, Ms. Clarke, Mr. Crowley, Mr. Danny K. Davis of Illinois, Mr. Enyart, Mr. Al Green of Texas, Mr. Grijalva, Mr. Gutiérrez, Ms. Hanabusa, Mr. Nolan, Mrs. Napolitano, Mr. Murphy of Florida, Ms. Meng, Mr. Matheson, Mr. Lowenthal, Mr. Lewis, Mr. Langevin, Mr. Kildee, Ms. Kelly of Illinois, Ms. Jackson Lee, Mr. Horsford, Mr. Honda, Ms. Norton, Mr. Peterson, Mr. Rangel, Ms. Schakowsky, Mr. Schiff, Ms. Shea-Porter, Ms. Sinema, Ms. Slaughter, Ms. Speier, Mr. Swalwell of California, Mr. Takano, Ms. Tsongas, Mr. Shuster, Mr. Smith of Washington, Mr. Rigell, Mr. LaMalfa, Mr. Grimm, Mr. Crawford, Mr. Cook, Mr. Cole, Mr. Bishop of Utah, Mr. Bentivolio, Mrs. Noem, Mr. Calvert, Mr. Rodney Davis of Illinois, Mr. Richmond, Ms. Waters, Ms. Bordallo, Mr. Courtney, Mrs. Walorski, and Mr. Cummings) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, 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 titles 5 and 38, United States Code, to clarify the veteran status of an individual based on the attendance of the individual at a preparatory school of a service academy, 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. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Support Earned Recognition for Veterans Act” or the “SERV Act”.

SEC. 2. Clarification of veteran status.

(a) Clarification of definition of military service.—Section 101 of title 38, United States Code, is amended—

(1) in paragraph (21)(D), by inserting after “Naval Academy” the following: “(but, except for purposes of chapter 17 of this title in accordance with section 107(e)(2), does not include any service performed by a student at a preparatory school of a service academy who is not otherwise a member of the Armed Forces)”;

(2) in paragraph (22), by inserting before the period at the end the following: “or, except for purposes of chapter 17 of this title in accordance with section 107(e)(2), duty performed by a student at a preparatory school of a service academy who is not otherwise a member of the Armed Forces”; and

(3) in paragraph (23), by adding after the period at the end the following: “Except for purposes of chapter 17 of this title in accordance with section 107(e)(2), such term does not include duty performed by a student at a preparatory school of a service academy who is not otherwise a member of the Armed Forces.”.

(b) Service deemed not To be active service.—Section 107 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

“(e)(1) Except as provided by paragraph (2), duty performed by a student at a preparatory school of a service academy who is not otherwise a member of the Armed Forces shall not be deemed to have been active military, naval, or air service for the purposes of any of the laws administered by the Secretary, regardless of whether the student was injured or disabled as a result of such duty.

“(2) Chapter 17 of this title shall apply to an individual described in paragraph (1) with respect to furnishing hospital care and medical services solely for an injury or disability incurred by the individual as a result of military training related to future active duty service performed as a student during the course of required training at a preparatory school of a service academy. An individual who receives such care and services under this paragraph may not be treated as a veteran for the purposes of any other provision of law solely by reason of receiving such care and services under this paragraph.”.

(c) Small business concerns.—Section 8127(l) of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

“(3) The term ‘veteran’, in accordance with sections 101 and 107 of this title, does not include an individual whose veteran status is based solely on the attendance of the individual as a student at a preparatory school of a service academy, regardless of whether the individual was injured or disabled as a result of duty performed as such a student.”.

(d) Preference eligible.—Section 2108 of title 5, United States Code, is amended—

(1) in paragraph (4)(B), by striking “; and” and inserting a semicolon;

(2) in paragraph (5), by striking the period at the end and inserting “; and”; and

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

“(6) an individual whose veteran status is based solely on the attendance of the individual as a student at a preparatory school of a service academy, regardless of whether the individual was injured or disabled as a result of duty performed as such a student, may not be treated as a ‘veteran’, ‘disabled veteran’, or ‘preference eligible’.”.