HR 2697 IH
H. R. 2697
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Mr. MANZULLO introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
This Act may be cited as the `Persian Gulf War Syndrome Compensation Act of 1999'.
Congress makes the following findings:
(1) Since the end of the Persian Gulf War , the Federal Government has funded 121 research projects to examine the illness known as the Persian Gulf War Syndrome .
(2) The results of those studies clearly indicate the existence of the syndrome , leading to disability and sometimes death.
(3) Although the specific cause of the syndrome has not been definitely diagnosed, the need to compensate those veterans suffering from this illness is clear because the connection between military service in the Persian Gulf War theater and the syndrome has been clearly established.
(a) COMPENSATION- (1) Chapter 11 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by inserting after section 1117 the following new section:
`(a)(1) For the purposes of section 1110 of this title, and subject to section 1113 of this title, a specified chronic symptom from which a covered Persian Gulf veteran with Persian Gulf War Syndrome is suffering shall be considered to be a disease or disability incurred in or aggravated by service in the active military, naval, or air service, notwithstanding that there is no record of evidence of such chronic symptom during the period of such service.
`(b) For purposes of this section:
`(1) The term `covered Persian Gulf War veteran' means a Persian Gulf veteran (as defined in section 1117(f) of this title) any part of whose service on active duty in the Armed Forces in the Southwest Asia theater of operations was during the period beginning on August 2, 1990, and ending on December 31, 1991.
`(2) The term `Persian Gulf War Syndrome' means a set of two or more specified chronic symptoms becoming manifest in a covered Persian Gulf War veteran before January 1, 1995, regardless of whether the cause of any such symptom is diagnosed.
`(3) The term `specified chronic symptom' means the frequent occurrence of any of the following:
`(A) Joint pain.
`(B) Muscle pain.
`(D) Severe headache.
`(E) Memory loss.
`(F) Respiratory disorder.
`(G) Sleep disturbances.
`(H) Skin rash.
`(I) Circulatory disorder.'.
(2) The table of sections at the beginning of such chapter is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 1117 the following new item:
`1117A. Presumption of service connection for Persian Gulf War Syndrome .'.
(b) CONFORMING AMENDMENT- Section 1113 of such title is amended by inserting `1117A,' before `or 1118' each place it appears.
(c) EFFECTIVE DATE- Section 1117A of title 38, United States Code, as added by subsection (a), shall apply with respect to claims submitted before, on, or after the date of the enactment of this Act and regardless of whether the claimant is alive or deceased.
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