Text: H.R.6374 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (11/17/2016)


114th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6374


To extend the Vietnam Service Medal to veterans of the Armed Forces who participated in the S.S. Mayaguez rescue operation.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

November 17, 2016

Mr. Meadows (for himself and Ms. Gabbard) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services


A BILL

To extend the Vietnam Service Medal to veterans of the Armed Forces who participated in the S.S. Mayaguez rescue operation.

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 “Recognizing Mayaguez Veterans Act”.

SEC. 2. Award of Vietnam Service Medal to veterans who participated in Mayaguez rescue operation.

(a) Award authorized.—The Secretary of the military department concerned shall, upon the application by or on behalf of an individual who is an eligible veteran, award that individual the Vietnam Service Medal, notwithstanding any otherwise applicable requirements for the award of that medal. Any such award shall be made in lieu of any Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal awarded the individual for the individual’s participation in the Mayaguez rescue operation.

(b) Treatment of deceased veterans.—In the case of a veteran who is deceased, the application described in subsection (a) may be submitted by the next of kin of the veteran.

(c) Eligible veteran.—For purposes of this section, the term “eligible veteran” means a veteran of the Armed Forces—

(1) who was awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for participation in military operations known as the Mayaguez rescue operation of May 12–15, 1975; or

(2) who participated in such operation.