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H.R.3569: Protecting the Freedoms and Benefits for All Veterans Act

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about armed forces and national security
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Sponsor Tim Walz, D-Minn.
Total Cosponsors 4 (2 Democrats, 2 Republicans)
Introduced Nov. 20, 2013
Latest Major Action Dec. 11, 2013
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Bill Progress

  • Bill introduced in the House   
  • Bill passed in the House   
  • Bill passed in the Senate   
  • Bill signed into law

Bill Summary

Protecting the Freedoms and Benefits for All Veterans Act - Revises the definition of "surviving spouse" for purposes of veterans benefits provisions to eliminate the requirement that the person who was the spouse of a veteran at the time of the veteran's death be a person of the opposite sex.

Considers an individual to be a "spouse" if: (1) the marriage is valid in the state in which it was entered into; or (2) in the case of a marriage entered into outside any state, the marriage is valid in the place in which it was entered into and could have been entered into in a state, or it was valid in the place in which all parties to it resided at the time it was entered into.


(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Dec. 11, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.
Nov. 20, 2013 Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.