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H.R. 1025: To amend title 38, United States Code, to recognize the service in the reserve components of certain persons by honoring them with status as veterans under... Read More

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This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on Oct 11, 2011 but was never passed by the Senate.

Date Introduced
Mar 10, 2011

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A BILL

To amend title 38, United States Code, to recognize the service in the reserve components of certain persons by honoring them with status as veterans under law.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. PROVISION OF STATUS UNDER LAW BY HONORING CERTAIN MEMBERS OF THE RESERVE COMPONENTS AS VETERANS.

(a) In General.--Chapter 1 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by inserting after section 107 the following new section: ``Sec. 107A. Honoring as veterans certain persons who performed service in the reserve components ``Any person who 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 shall be honored as a veteran but shall not be entitled to any benefit by reason of this section.''. (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of sections at the beginning of such chapter is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 107 the following new item:

``107A. Honoring as veterans certain persons who performed service in the reserve components.''. <all>

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The Military Coalition (TMC), a consortium of uniformed services and veterans associations representing more than 5.5 million current and former servicemembers and their families and survivors, is writing in support of your bills, the S.491, Honor America’s Guard-Reserve Retirees Act, 2011 and HR 1025, to authorize veteran status in Title 38 for National Guard and Reserve members of the Armed Forces who are entitled to a non-regular retirement under Chapter 1223 of 10 USC and who were never called to active federal service during their careers other than active duty for training orders. It is paradoxical that some Reserve Component members now serving in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) on duty other than mobilization orders as is often done for federal reserve members, or carrying out a national security mission to protect the integrity of our Southwestern border (on Title 32 orders) may one day qualify for a military pension from the Reserve Component but will not qualify as Veterans of our Armed Forces. As hard as that notion may be to understand or accept, the intent of this cost-neutral bill is to honor the service and sacrifice of our career Reserve Component members who were never called up to active duty. The bill does not authorize any new or unearned Veterans’ benefits to any member of the National Guard or Reserves. The Military Coalition appreciates your leadership on this important issue and stands ready to aid your efforts to pass this legislation in the 112th Congress. http://www.themilitarycoalition.org/library/11letters/05042011-2.pdf

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Contact your Senators and ask them to expeditiously pass this session H.R. 1025 previously passed by the House of Representatives and now before the Senate. This bill would authorize National Guard and Reserve members entitled to Reserve retirement pay the honor of claiming Veteran status The House of Representatives passed H.R. 1025 on Oct. 11, 2011, and sent the bill to the Senate for its approval. The cost neutral bill provides an opportunity for a divided Congress to come together to honor our National Guard and Reserve. Most members of Congress and many serving and retired National Guard and Reserve members may not know that a reservist can complete a full Guard or Reserve career but not earn the title of “Veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States,” unless the member has served on Title 10 active duty for other than training purposes. H.R. 1025 would authorize Veteran status under Title 38 for National Guard and Reserve members of the Armed Forces who are entitled to a non-regular retirement under Chapter 1223 of 10 USC but were never called to active federal service during their careers – through no fault of their own. Some National Guard members now serving on Operation Noble Eagle on our Southwestern border on Title 32 orders may one day retire from the Guard but will not qualify to be Veterans of our Armed Forces. Currently, the Veterans Code, Title 38, excludes from the definition of “Veteran” career reservists who have not served on Title 10 active duty for other than training purposes. Drill training, annual training, active duty for training and Title 32 duty are not qualifying service for Veteran status. The cost neutral bill would not bestow any benefits other than the honor of claiming Veteran status for those who honorably served and sacrificed as career reserve component members but were never ordered to Title 10 active service. They deserve nothing less. http://www.ngaus.org/tier2.asp?bid=20235

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I support The Honor America's Guard and Reserve Retirees Act because...I served in the Maryland National Guard from 1987 thru 2000 and I can't even join the American Legion. I put the uniform on and wrote that blank check. If called to combat, I would have went . I don;t understand why I am just tossed to the side

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Nite1208
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1 year ago

I support H.R. 1025 (112th) ("to recognize the service in the reserve components of certain persons by honoring them with") because it is not through any fault of our own that we were not called up to serve our country. However, we trained and prepared ourselves just as much as any other service member whose units were called up for any of our Nation's military operations overseas. I served for over 20 years in the Army Reserve, yet my medical unit was never called for Operation Desert Shield/Storm in 1990, and I had retired by the time Operation Iraqi Freedom commenced. To this day, whenever I am asked if I am a Veteran, I have to qualify my answer by saying, "I served for 20 years, but the Federal Government doesn't recognize my service as a Veteran." To make matters more dicey, I work for the Department of Veterans Affairs and routinely work with our newest combat Veterans. Yet I am not qualified to receive VA benefits. I don't want any additional benefits, but I want the right to proudly call myself a Veteran without qualification of how I served. I should not be denied that right simply because my unit was not selected to deploy.

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MajorManny
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1 year ago

I support H.R. 1025 (112th) ("to recognize the service in the reserve components of certain persons by honoring them with") because...Please reintroduce this bill for thousands of person's who gave up their familytime, vacations, lives to protect the homeland and stay trained to protect the homes of all active and reserve, National Guard persons around the clock... while some members men and women were away from home on duty elsewhere. They protected wives , children, homes, civil violence; etc--- what an unthankful nation. Political correctness only comes into play when someone elses feet are stepped on . Pleaae PASS this ----

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christ4u
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Bill Summary

H.R. 1025: To amend title 38, United States Code, to recognize the service in the reserve components of certain persons by honoring them with status as veterans under law.

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