Summary: H.R.1100 — 97th Congress (1981-1982)All Information (Except Text)

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House agreed to Senate amendment with amendment (07/30/1981)

(House agreed to Senate amendments with amendments)

Former Prisoner of War Benefits Act of 1981 - Directs the Administrator of Veterans' Affairs to establish the Advisory Committee on Former Prisoners of War to consult concerning the administration of benefits and activities related to veterans held as prisoners of war (POW's). Requires that such committee include former POW's, disabled veterans, and individuals who are recognized authorities in certain fields of medicine. Directs the Committee to submit to the Administrator for transmittal to Congress a biennial report on such programs and activities.

Reduces from six months to 30 days the minimum period of imprisonment necessary to trigger the presumption that specified diseases and disabilities, including psychosis manifest to ten percent are confinement-related. Entitles former POW's to hospital, nursing home, and domiciliary care. Entitles such veterans to priority in the furnishing of medical services.

Directs the Administrator to conduct outreach programs to inform former POW's of changes in benefits. Requires the Administrator, after consulting with the Advisory Committee, to conduct and report to Congress on the disposition of claims and on a further study of the health of former POW's.