CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.R. 3787 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Tuesday, Septemer 28, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. The legislation was introduced on October 8, 2009 by Rep. Timothy Walz (D-MN) and referred to the Committee on Veterans Affairs.
H.R. 3787 would deem certain service in the reserve components as active service for purposes of laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
This bill would amend Section 106 of title 38, United States Code, by adding at the end the following new subsection:
'(g) Any person who has not otherwise performed qualifying active duty service shall be deemed to have been on active duty for purposes of all laws administered by the Secretary if the person is entitled under chapter 1223 of title 10 to retired pay for nonregular service or, but for age, would be entitled under such chapter to retired pay for nonregular service.'
The reserve component of the U.S. military performs an invaluable role in supporting the active duty component, responding in times of national emergency, and most importantly standing ready to deploy to overseas missions in times of need. Individuals who take on that responsibility and risk for 20 or more years, are rewarded with military retirement pay, medical care through the TRICARE program, and burial eligibility in a veterans’ cemetery. However, if members of the reserve component have not served a qualifying period of federal active duty, they are not termed “veterans” under current law.
H.R. 3787 would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-yougo procedures do not apply. CBO estimates that the bill would have no budgetary impact.