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S.1361: World War II Merchant Mariner Service Act

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This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about armed forces and national security
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Sponsor Christopher S. Murphy, D-Conn.
Total Cosponsors 8 (5 Democrats, 3 Republicans)
Introduced July 24, 2013
Latest Major Action Oct. 30, 2013
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Bill Summary

World War II Merchant Mariner Service Act - Directs the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) to accept additional documentation for verifying that an individual performed honorable service as a coastwise merchant seaman during the period beginning on December 7, 1941, and ending on December 31, 1946, for purposes of eligibility for veterans' benefits under the GI Bill Improvement Act of 1977. Requires such documentation to include Social Security Administration (SSA) records and validated testimony in the case of the absence of Coast Guard shipping or discharge forms, ship logbooks, documents, or other official employment records.

Requires the Secretary, when determining whether to recognize service allegedly performed during such period, to recognize masters of seagoing vessels or other command officers who were authorized to document an individual for purposes of hiring for or discharging from the merchant marine.

Considers any service so recognized as active-duty...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Oct. 30, 2013 Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held. Hearings printed: S.Hrg. 113-280.
July 24, 2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.