CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Monday, November 16, 2015, the House will consider H.R. 1384, the Honor America’s Guard-Reserve Retirees Act, under suspension of the rules. H.R. 1384 was introduced on March 16, 2015 by Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN) and was referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, which ordered the bill reported by voice vote on September 17, 2015.
H.R. 1384 would provide honorary veteran status to members of the National Guard or Reserve who have served for 20 years and do not meet the full requirements for veteran status under title 38, United States Code.
The National Guard and Reserve components of the United States Armed Forces “perform an invaluable role and are an important part of our overall force structure. They support the active duty component of the United States military by augmenting active duty forces with both combat and combat support units and by responding in times of local and national disasters.”
Section 101(2) of title 38, U.S.C., defines a veteran as “a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable.” Generally, persons not meeting that definition are ineligible for the full range of rights and benefits extended under the law.
However, National Guard and Reserve members who completed twenty or more years of service wore the same uniform as active duty service-members, were subject to the same code of military justice, received the same training, and were available for call-up to active duty service at any time.
H.R. 1384 would confer honorary veteran status on those individuals who are entitled under chapter 1223 of title 10, U.S.C., to retired pay for non-regular service or who would be entitled to retired pay, but for age. The bill would ensure that those who receive the honorary recognition as veterans conferred in the bill would not be entitled to any benefit under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs solely by reason of such recognition.
 House Report 114-302 at 2.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that implementing H.R. 1384 would have no budgetary impact. Enacting H.R. 1384 would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.
For questions or further information please contact Jerry White with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 5-0190.