Summary

1/4/2013--Introduced.Authorizes the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to award a decoration called the Department of Veterans Affairs Medal for Distinguished Public Service to a veteran who, during the... Read More

Status

This bill was introduced on Jan 4, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Date Introduced
Jan 4, 2013

Bill Text

A BILL

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...

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State: CA

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I support H.R. 154 ("to establish a Department of Veterans Affairs Medal for Distinguished Public Service to honor veterans") because...AId To Civil Defense. We As Wounded Warriors Are Heart Sadden At The Amount Of Disgratafication Our Country Show Us At Times Of Need When We Come Home We Supported The People At The Time Of Need and We Are Not Respected To The Right To Work. We Served On Border Patrol To Keep Drugs Off The Street and During Snow Storms We Rescued People Having Heart Attacks That Ambulance Could Not Reach. We Were There ! Where Are You For Us And The Support To Our Family By Seeing No Soldier Left Behind. The Forgotten Hero's Of Homeland Security. Shame On You.

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1968mlyoung
NY-8
1 year ago

I support H.R. 154 ("to establish a Department of Veterans Affairs Medal for Distinguished Public Service to honor veterans") because... I am a Veteran and I support this bill. please vote.

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MCVXIII
MI-10
2 years ago

Users Opposing

I oppose H.R. 154 ("to establish a Department of Veterans Affairs Medal for Distinguished Public Service to honor veterans") because... they are doing it not for public awards.

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Anonymous306048
KY-4
1 year ago

I oppose H.R. 154 ("to establish a Department of Veterans Affairs Medal for Distinguished Public Service to honor veterans") because veterans should be honored for their service to the Nation in uniform. But, as private citizens, they should not be treated differently from other private citizens. In my opinion the act is intended to dilute the value of honors given for military service----just giving away military-like metals to anybody for anything. I believe that the effect would be to dishonor veterans.

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Anonymous491228
FL-27
1 year ago

I oppose H.R. 154 ("to establish a Department of Veterans Affairs Medal for Distinguished Public Service to honor veterans") because...if you truly wanted to honor our vets. you would restore the constitution and bill of rights and fight to up hold it as our veterans has to keep this country free and stop all the bills that are pushing us into a communist country

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dr.roy
OK-3
1 year ago

I oppose H.R. 154 ("to establish a Department of Veterans Affairs Medal for Distinguished Public Service to honor veterans") because Im see nothing coming out of VA in terms of service that deserve awards. Don't blame me. Blame the incompetents who run VA and let them explain it to their employees

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jmerrell
AL-5
1 year ago

I oppose H.R. 154 ("to establish a Department of Veterans Affairs Medal for Distinguished Public Service to honor veterans") because...what are we doing here? There are more pressing problems that need to be addressed. At a later time it might be appropriate.

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Marney
OK-4
2 years ago

I oppose H.R. 154 ("to establish a Department of Veterans Affairs Medal for Distinguished Public Service to honor veterans") because, as a veteran, I have no use for this kind of blather. The funds and resources put into this would be MUCH better spent elsewhere!

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Kedric
IN-5
2 years ago

Bill Summary

1/4/2013--Introduced.Authorizes the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to award a decoration called the Department of Veterans Affairs Medal for Distinguished Public Service to a veteran who, during the period after the date of the veteran's discharge or release from the active military, naval, or air service, has: (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. Allows the Secretary to award such medal posthumously to such a veteran who is deceased.

H.R. 153The Veterans Outreach Improvement Act H.R. 155The Notch Fairness Act