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Public Law
: Veterans' Benefits Act of 2010
: 111-275
Session: 111th Congress (Second Session)

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HR3219 Filner (D-Calif.) 9/29/10
Enrolled (finally passed both houses)
To amend title 38, United States Code, and the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to make certain improvements in the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.
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TITLE VIII—BENEFITS MATTERS

Sec. 801. Increase in number of veterans for which programs of independent living services and assistance may be initiated.

Sec. 802. Payment of unpaid balances of Department of Veterans Affairs guaranteed loans.

Sec. 803. Eligibility of disabled veterans and members of the Armed Forces with severe burn injuries for automobiles and adaptive equipment.

Sec. 804. Enhancement of automobile assistance allowance for veterans.

Sec. 805. National Academies review of best treatments for chronic multisymptom illness in Persian Gulf War veterans.

Sec. 806. Extension and modification of National Academy of Sciences reviews and evaluations on illness and service in Persian Gulf War and Post-9/11 Global Operations Theaters.

Sec. 807. Extension of authority for regional office in Republic of the Philippines.

Sec. 808. Extension of an annual report on equitable relief.

Sec. 809. Authority for the performance of medical disability examinations by contract physicians.

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TITLE VIII—BENEFITS MATTERS

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SEC. 805. NATIONAL ACADEMIES REVIEW OF BEST TREATMENTS FOR CHRONIC MULTISYMPTOM ILLNESS IN PERSIAN GULF WAR VETERANS.

(a) In General.—The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall seek to enter into an agreement with the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies to carry out a comprehensive review of the best treatments for chronic multisymptom illness in Persian Gulf War veterans and an evaluation of how such treatment approaches could best be disseminated throughout the Department of Veterans Affairs to improve the care and benefits provided to veterans.

(b) Group of Medical Professionals.—Under any agreement entered into under subsection (a), the Institute of Medicine shall convene a group of medical professionals who are experienced in treating individuals who served as members of the Armed Forces in the Southwest Asia Theater of Operations of the Persian Gulf War during 1990 or 1991 and who have been diagnosed with chronic multisymptom illness or another health condition related to chemical and environmental exposure that may have occurred during such service.

(c) Report.—Any agreement entered into under subsection (a) shall require the Institute of Medicine to submit to the Secretary and to the Committees on Veterans’ Affairs of the Senate and House of Representatives a report on the review and evaluation described in subsection (a) by not later than December 31, 2012. The report shall include such recommendations for legislative or administrative action as the Institute considers appropriate in light of the results of the review.

(d) Funding.—Pursuant to any agreement entered into under subsection (a), the Secretary shall provide the Institute of Medicine with such funds as are necessary to ensure the timely completion of the review described that subsection.

(e) Definitions.—For purposes of this section:


(1) The term “chronic multisymptom illness in Persian Gulf War veterans” means a chronic multisymptom illness defined by a cluster of signs or symptoms relating to service in the Persian Gulf War, typically including widespread pain, persistent memory and concentration problems, chronic headaches, gastrointestinal problems, and other abnormalities not explained by well-established diagnoses.


(2) The term “Persian Gulf War” has the meaning given that term in section 101(33) of title 38, United States Code.

SEC. 806. EXTENSION AND MODIFICATION OF NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES REVIEWS AND EVALUATIONS ON ILLNESS AND SERVICE IN PERSIAN GULF WAR AND POST-9/11 GLOBAL OPERATIONS THEATERS.

(a) Review and Evaluation of Agents and Illnesses Associated With Persian Gulf War Service.—


(1) EXTENSION OF REVIEW AND EVALUATION.—Subsection (j) of section 1603 of the Persian Gulf War Veterans Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-277; 38 U.S.C. 1117 note), as amended by section 202(d)(2) of the Veterans Education and Benefits Expansion Act of 2001 (Public Law 107-173; 115 Stat. 989), is amended by striking “October 1, 2010” and inserting “October 1, 2015”.


(2) DISAGGREGATION OF RESULTS BY THEATERS OF OPERATIONS BEFORE AND AFTER SEPTEMBER 11, 2001.—Such section is further amended—


(A) in subsection (c)(1)(A), by striking “who served in the Southwest Asia theater of operations” and all that follows and inserting “who may have been exposed by reason of service in the Southwest Asia theater of operations during the Persian Gulf War or, after September 11, 2001, in another Post-9/11 Global Theater of Operations; and”;


(B) in subsection (g)(1), by striking “Gulf War service” and inserting “service described in subsection (c)(1)(A)”;


(C) in subsection (i)—


(i) in paragraph (1), by striking “paragraph (5)” and inserting “paragraph (6)”;


(ii) by redesignating paragraph (5) as paragraph (6); and


(iii) by inserting after paragraph (4) the following new paragraph (5):

“(5) In each report under this subsection submitted after the date of the enactment of this paragraph, any determinations, results, and recommendations as described in paragraph (2) shall be submitted separately as follows:


“(A) For the Southwest Asia theater of operations for the period of the Persian Gulf War ending on September 11, 2001.


“(B) For the Post-9/11 Global Theaters of Operations for the period of the Persian Gulf War beginning on September 11, 2001.”; and


(D) by adding at the end the following new subsection:

“(l) Definitions.—In this section:


“(1) The term ‘Persian Gulf War’ has the meaning given that term in section 101(33) of title 38, United States Code.


“(2) The term ‘Post-9/11 Global Theater of Operations’ means Afghanistan, Iraq, and any other theater of operations for which the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal is awarded for service.”.

(b) Review and Evaluation of Available Evidence Regarding Illness and Service in Persian Gulf War.—


(1) IN GENERAL.—Subsection (j) of section 101 of the Veterans Programs Enhancement Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-368; 112 Stat. 3321) is amended by striking “11 years after” and all that follows through “under subsection (b)” and inserting “on October 1, 2018”.


(2) DISAGGREGATION OF RESULTS BY THEATERS OF OPERATIONS BEFORE AND AFTER SEPTEMBER 11, 2001.—Such section is further amended—


(A) in subsection (c)(1)—


(i) in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by striking “Gulf war veterans” and all that follows through “Persian Gulf War” and inserting “veterans who served in the Armed Forces in the Southwest Asia theater of operations during the Persian Gulf War or, after September 11, 2001, in another Post-9/11 Global Theater of Operations and the health consequences of exposures to risk factors during such service”; and


(ii) in subparagraph (A), by striking “who served” and all that follows through “such service” and inserting “who may have been exposed by reason of service in the Southwest Asia theater of operations during the Persian Gulf War or, after September 11, 2001, in another Post-9/11 Global Theater of Operations”;


(B) in subsection (e)(1)—


(i) in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by striking “Gulf War service or exposure during Gulf War service” and inserting “service in the Armed Forces in the Southwest Asia theater of operations during the Persian Gulf War or, after September 11, 2001, in another Post-9/11 Global Theater of Operations or exposure during such service”; and


(ii) in subparagraphs (E) and (F), by striking “Gulf War veterans” each place it appears and inserting “veterans described in subsection (c)(1)”;


(C) in subsection (f)(1)—


(i) by striking “service in the Persian Gulf War” and inserting “service described in subsection (c)(1)(A)”; and


(ii) by striking “Gulf War service” and inserting “such service”;


(D) in subsection (h), by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

“(5) In each report under this subsection submitted after the date of the enactment of this paragraph, any determinations, discussions, and recommendations as described in paragraph (2) shall be submitted separately as follows:


“(A) For the Southwest Asia theater of operations for the period of the Persian Gulf War ending on September 11, 2001.


“(B) For the Post-9/11 Global Theaters of Operations for the period of the Persian Gulf War beginning on September 11, 2001.”;


(E) in subsection (i)—


(i) in paragraph (2)—


(I) by striking “Persian Gulf War service” and inserting “service described in subsection (c)(1)(A)”;


(II) by striking “service in the Persian Gulf War” and inserting “such service”; and


(III) by striking “Gulf War veterans” and inserting “veterans described in subsection (c)(1)(A)”; and


(ii) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

“(4) In each report under this subsection submitted after the date of the enactment of this paragraph, any recommendations as described in paragraph (2) shall be submitted separately as follows:


“(A) For the Southwest Asia theater of operations for the period of the Persian Gulf War ending on September 11, 2001.


“(B) For the Post-9/11 Global Theaters of Operations for the period of the Persian Gulf War beginning on September 11, 2001.”; and


(F) in subsection (k)—


(i) by striking “In this section, the term” and inserting the following: “In this section:


“(1) The term ‘Persian Gulf War’ has the meaning given that term in section 101(33) of title 38, United States Code.


“(2) The term ‘Post-9/11 Global Theater of Operations’ means Afghanistan, Iraq, and any other theater of operations for which the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal is awarded for service.


“(3) The term”; and


(ii) in paragraph (3), as designated by clause (i)—


(I) by striking “vaccine associated with Gulf War service’ means” and inserting “vaccine’, with respect to service described in subsection (c)(1)(A), means”; and


(II) by striking “service in the Armed Forces in the Southwest Asia theater of operations during the Persian Gulf War” and inserting “service described in such subsection (c)(1)(A)”.


(3) CONFORMING AMENDMENT.—Section 1604 of the Persian Gulf War Veterans Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-277; 38 U.S.C. 1117 note) is repealed.

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