To amend title 38, United States Code, to establish a Department of Veterans Affairs Medal for Distinguished Public Service to honor veterans who make remarkable and distinguished contributions to their communities.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS MEDAL FOR DISTINGUISHED PUBLIC SERVICE.
(a) Establishment.--Subchapter II of chapter 5 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section:
``SEC. 533. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS MEDAL FOR DISTINGUISHED PUBLIC SERVICE.
``(a) In General.--The Secretary may award a decoration called the `Department of Veterans Affairs Medal for Distinguished Public Service' to a veteran described in subsection (b). ``(b) Veteran Described.--A veteran described in this subsection is a veteran whom the Secretary determines has, during the period after the date of the veteran's discharge or release from the active military, naval, or air service-- ``(1) made remarkable and distinguished contributions to the community of the veteran; and ``(2) exemplified the virtues of honor, duty, and commitment to service that originally led the veteran to service in the Armed Forces. ``(c) Posthumous Award.--The Secretary may award the medal under this section to a veteran described in subsection (b) who is deceased. ``(d) Regulations.--The Secretary may prescribe regulations to carry out this section.''. (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of sections at the beginning of such chapter of such title is amended by inserting after the item relating to section...