S.1307 - An Act to deny entitlement to veterans' benefits to certain persons who would otherwise become so entitled solely by virtue of the administrative upgrading under temporarily revised standards of other than honorable discharges from service during the Vietnam era; to require case-by-case review under uniform, historically consistent, generally applicable standards and procedures prior to the award of veterans' benefits to persons administratively discharged under other than honorable conditions from active military, naval, or air service; and for other purposes.95th Congress (1977-1978)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Thurmond, Strom [R-SC] (Introduced 04/19/1977)|
|Committees:||Senate - Veterans' Affairs|
|Committee Reports:||S.Rept 95-305|
|Latest Action:||10/08/1977 Public Law 95-126. (All Actions)|
|Roll Call Votes:||There has been 1 roll call vote|
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Summary: S.1307 — 95th Congress (1977-1978)All Information (Except Text)
(Senate agreed to House amendment with an amendments)
Senate agreed to House amendment with amendment (09/22/1977)
Denies veterans' benefits retroactively to any individual whose entitlement is based on an upgraded discharge under specified revised standards not made applicable to all persons administratively discharged or released from active military service under less than honorable conditions. Requires the board of review to make a case-by-case determination whether an upgraded individual would have been awarded an upgraded discharge under discharge review standards made applicable to all persons administratively discharged under less than honorable conditions. Entitles to veterans' benefits any individual whose upgraded discharge would have been awarded under previous unrevised review standards.
Precludes deserters and most persons discharged because of an unauthorized absence of more than 180 days from receiving benefits as a result of a board of review determination.
States that the Administrator of Veterans' Affairs should not promulgate any new or revised regulations providing any unique or special advantage to veterans who have received upgraded discharges under revised standards, or otherwise make any special distinction between such veterans and other veterans.
Grants to person administratively discharged under conditions other than honorable an entitlement to health care for disabilities incurred or aggravated during active-duty service in the line of duty.