HR 5471

Version: Introduced+in+House
Author: Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA)

H. R. 5471 (Introduced-in-House)


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 5471


To amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify the eligibility of children of Vietnam veterans born with spina bifida for benefits of the Department of Veterans Affairs.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

December 18, 2019

Mr. Bishop of Georgia introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs


A BILL

To amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify the eligibility of children of Vietnam veterans born with spina bifida for benefits of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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

SECTION 1. Clarification of eligibility for spina bifida-related benefits of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

(a) In general.—Section 1832 of title 38, United States Code, is amended—

(1) in subsection (a), by striking “The provisions” and inserting “Except as provided by subsection (c), the provisions”; and

(2) by adding at the end the following new subsection:

“(c) Exception for benefits for spina bifida.—Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the effective date for an award of benefits under subchapter I of this chapter for a child of a Vietnam veteran who is suffering from spina bifida is the date on which the child is born.”.

(b) Effective date.—The amendment made by subsection (a) shall be effective as if included in the enactment of chapter 18 of such title 38.