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S. 3175 - Thailand Veteran Agent Orange Parity Act of 2018

Introduced: 2018-06-28
Bill Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
 
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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
S. 3175


    To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide health care, vocational training and rehabilitation, and monetary allowance to children suffering from spina bifida whose parents are veterans who served in Thailand and were exposed to herbicide agents, and for other purposes.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 28, 2018

    Mrs. McCaskill (for herself and Mr. Blunt) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs


A BILL

    To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide health care, vocational training and rehabilitation, and monetary allowance to children suffering from spina bifida whose parents are veterans who served in Thailand and were exposed to herbicide agents, and for other purposes.

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

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Thailand Veteran Agent Orange Parity Act of 2018”.

SEC. 2. Benefits for children of certain Thailand service veterans born with spina bifida.

(a) In general.—Subchapter III of chapter 18 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

§ 1822. Benefits for children of certain Thailand service veterans born with spina bifida

“(a) Benefits authorized.—The Secretary may provide to any child of a veteran of covered service in Thailand who is suffering from spina bifida the health care, vocational training and rehabilitation, and monetary allowance required to be paid to a child of a Vietnam veteran who is suffering from spina bifida under subchapter I of this chapter as if such child of a veteran of covered service in Thailand were a child of a Vietnam veteran who is suffering from spina bifida under such subchapter.

“(b) Spina bifida conditions covered.—This section applies with respect to all forms and manifestations of spina bifida, except spina bifida occulta.

“(c) Veteran of covered service in Thailand.—For purposes of this section, a veteran of covered service in Thailand is any individual, without regard to the characterization of that individual's service, who—

“(1) served in the active military, naval, or air service in Thailand, as determined by the Secretary in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, during the period beginning on January 9, 1962, and ending on May 7, 1975; and

“(2) is determined by the Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, to have been exposed to a herbicide agent during such service in Thailand.

“(d) Herbicide agent.—For purposes of this section, the term ‘herbicide agent’ means a chemical in a herbicide used in support of United States and allied military operations in Thailand, as determined by the Secretary in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, during the period beginning on January 9, 1962, and ending on May 7, 1975.”.

(b) Conforming amendment to definition of child.—Section 1831(1) of such title is amended—

(1) in subparagraph (B)—

(A) in the matter before clause (i), by striking “subchapter III of this chapter” and inserting “section 1821 of this title”; and

(B) in clause (i), by striking “section 1821 of this title” and inserting “such section”; and

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

“(C) For purposes of section 1822 of this title, an individual, regardless of age or marital status, who—

“(i) is the natural child of a veteran of covered service in Thailand (as determined for purposes of such section); and

“(ii) was conceived after the date on which that veteran first entered service described in subsection (c) of such section.”.

(c) Clerical amendments.—

(1) SUBCHAPTER HEADING.—The heading for subchapter III of chapter 18 of such title is amended by inserting “and Thailand” after “Korea”.

(2) TABLE OF SECTIONS.—The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 18 of such title is amended—

(A) by striking the item relating to subchapter III and inserting the following new item:


“SUBCHAPTER III—CHILDREN OF CERTAIN KOREA AND THAILAND SERVICE VETERANS BORN WITH SPINA BIFIDA”.

and

(B) by inserting after the item relating to section 1821 the following new item:

“1822. Benefits for children of certain Thailand service veterans born with spina bifida.”.

(d) Effective date.—The amendments made by this section shall take effect on the date that is one year after the date of the enactment of this Act.


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