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Legislative Accomplishments for Calendar Year 2013

Passage of FY2014 National Defense Authorization Act (P.L. 113-66);

  • Sec. 121. CVN-78 Class Aircraft Carrier Program (authorizes $12.9 billion, requested for CVN-78, caps additional ships at $11.5 billion)
  • Sec. 123. Multiyear Procurement Authority for E-2D Aircraft Program
  • Sec. 542. Enhancement of Mechanisms to Correlate Military Skills and Training for Civilian Licenses (Troop Talent Act)
  • Sec. 701. Continued Availability for Certain Beneficiaries Enrolled in TRICARE PRIME
  • Sec. 713. Interoperability of Electronic Health Records between Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Sec. 1716. Availability of Special Victims Counsels for Assault Related Cases
  • Sec. 4101 and Sec. 4102. Authorizes $400 million for National Guard and Reserve Equipment Account (NGREA)
  • Excludes DOD TRICARE enrollment fee language from final bill

Passage of H.R. 933 (P.L. 113-6), Title X, Military Tuition Assistance Continuation, stating that;

  • Secretaries of the military departments are to carry out tuition assistance programs for members of the Armed Forces during the remainder of FY2013 using funds appropriated for such programs under the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act.

Passage of H.R. 258 (P.L. 113-12), the Stolen Valor Act, whereby;

  • The law amends the Federal criminal code relating to fraudulent representation about military service an individual who, with intent to obtain money, property, or other tangible benefit, fraudulently holds himself or herself out to be a recipient of a military decoration.

DOD Ruling regarding aspects of H.R. 833 and S. 470, regarding new Distinguished Warfare Medal, whereby;

  • The Department of Defense ruled it would replace the Distinguished Warfare Medal, DOD officials announced today with a device affixed to existing awards to recognize service members who directly affect combat operations without being present.

Passage of H.R. 1412 (P.L. 113-37), Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act, whereby;

  • The law makes various program extensions such as allowing, through FY2014, a Veteran's liability for copayments of $10 for every day the Veteran receives hospital care and of $5 for every day they receive nursing home care; extends the authority of the Secretary of Labor for homeless Veterans reintegration programs, and for the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to contract for referral and counseling services for Veterans at risk of homelessness, and; extends the pilot program to assess feasibility and advisability of providing assistance to Veterans receiving regular or intensive mental health services and other health services in order to obtain child care while receiving such services.

Passage of S. 893 (P.L. 113-52), the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living-Adjustment (COLA) Act, whereby;

  • The law increases the rates of Veterans’ disability compensation, and dependency and indemnity compensation for surviving spouses and children by 1.5% beginning 1 January 2014.