Summary

                            To amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish the Merchant Mariner Equity Compensation Fund to provide benefits to certain individuals who served in the United States merchant marine (including the Army Transport Service and the Naval Transport Service) during World War II.

Introduced in House
Honoring Our WWII Merchant Mariners Act of 2017

This bill establishes in the Treasury the Merchant Mariner Equity Compensation
Fund from which the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is to make one payment
of $25,000 to each individual who, between December 7, 1941, and December 31,
1946, was a documented member of the U.S. merchant marine (including the Army
Transport Service and the Naval Transport Service) serving as a crewmember of a
vessel that was operated in U.S. waters by the War Shipping Administration or
the Office of Defense Transportation and under contract to, or the property of,
the United States. Such individuals must: (1) apply for such benefit within one
year after the enactment of this Act, and (2) not have received benefits under
the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944.

The VA shall include, in annual budget documents submitted to Congress, detailed
information on the Fund's operation.



                        

Actions

  • Referred to the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.

    Jan 19th, 2017
  • Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

    Jan 3rd, 2017
  • Introduced in House

    Jan 3rd, 2017
  • Introduced in House

    Jan 3rd, 2017