Summary: H.R.1922 — 97th Congress (1981-1982)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (02/18/1981)

Permits the Administrator of Veterans' Affairs to establish an advisory committee to advise the Administrator of Veterans' Affairs on policies and to assess information with respect to former prisoners of war (POW's). Requires that such committee include former POW's and individuals representing certain medical fields. Expands disability entitlement to captivity-induced or aggravated disabilities for any former POW's held in violation of the Geneva Conventions and suffering from any disease associated with nutritional deficiencies, any chronic disease having a gradual onset, and psychiatric disorders, including psychosis. Entitles all veterans who have been POW's during World War II, the Korean conflict, or the Vietnam era to: (1) hospital, nursing home, and domiciliary care; (2) medical treatment; (3) outpatient dental services; (4) medical services on an outpatient or ambulatory basis; (5) readjustment counseling and related mental health services; and (6) vocational rehabilitation.

Directs the President to authorize the award of the Purple Heart to former POW's who were tortured or suffered brutality or deprivation while being held captive.