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Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That (a) the table in section 415(b) of title 38, United States Code, is amended to appear as follows:

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(b) The table in section 415(c) of title 38, United States Code, is amended to appear as follows:

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(c) The table in section 415(d) of title 38, United States Code, is amended to appear as follows:

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SEC. 2. The amendments made by the first section of this Act shall take effect on January 1, 1966.

[H.R. 204, 89th Cong., 1st sess. ] A BILL To amend section 101 of title 38 of the United States Code to permit the children

of certain veterans to receive education or training until attaining the age of twentythree

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That section 101 (4)(C) of title 38, United States Code, is amended by striking out “twenty-one years" and inserting in lieu thereof "twenty-three years”.

Sec. 2. The amendment made by the first section of this Act shall only apply to persons who are receiving education or training under title 38, United States Code, on the date of enactment of this Act, or begin any such education or training after the date of enactment of this Act.

[H.R. 210, 89th Cong., 1st sess.) A BILL To clarify the application of certain provisions of section 110 of title 38 of the

United States Code Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of Amcrica in Congress assembled, That the second sentence of section 110 of title 38, United States Code, shall be effective beginning with July 1, 1959, and any person who on or after such date had been continuously rated for disability compensation purposes under laws administered by the Veterans' Administration at or above any percentage for a period of twenty or more years and who on or after July 1, 1959, and before August 19, 1964, was rated at less than such percentage or was determined not to be disabled for such purposes, shall (as of the date on which such lesser percentage or such determination became effective) be considered for compensation purposes under title 38, United States Code; to be disabled at the highest percentage rating continuously in effect with respect to him during such period, and such rating shall not be decreased after the date of enactment of this Act, except upon a showing that such rating was based on fraud.

[H.R. 217, 89th Cong., 1st sess. ] A BILL To liberalize the provisions of title 38, United States Code, relating to automobiles

for disabled veterans Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That section 1901 of title 38, United States Code, is amended

(1) By striking out clause (3) in subsection (a) and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

“(3) Permanent impairment of vision of both eyes of the following status : Central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye, with corrective glasses, or center visual acuity of more than 20/200 if there is a field defect in which the peripheral field has contracted to such an extent that the widest diameter of visual field subtends an angular distance no greater than twenty

degrees in the better eye; and for each veteran who is suffering from any of the disabilities described in clauses (1), (2), and (3) above as the result of an injury incurred or disease contracted in or aggravated by active military, naval, or air service during the induction period, if the injury was incurred or the disease was contracted in line of duty (1) as a direct result of armed conflict, or (2) while the veteran was engaged in extrabazardous service (including such service under conditions simulating war)."

(2) By amending subsection (b) to read as follows: “(b) For the purposes of this section

(1) the term 'World War II' includes, in the case of any veteran, any period of continuous service performed by him after December 31, 1946, and before July 26, 1947, if such period began before January 1, 1947; and

“(2) the term “induction period' means the period beginning on February 1, 1955, and ending on the day before the first day thereafter on which individuals (other than individuals liable for induction by reason of a prior deferment) are no longer liable for induction for training and service into the Armed Forces under the Universal Military Training and Service

Act."
SEC. 2. (a) Section 1905 of title 38, United States Code, is repealed.

(b) The analysis of chapter 39 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by striking out "1905. Applications."

[H.R. 229, 89th Cong., 1st sess.) A BILL To amend section 1901 (a) of title 38, United States Code, to make certain veterans of World War I eligible for the automobile

assistance allowance provided for certain veterans of World War II and the Korean conflict

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That section 1901 (a) of title 38, United States Code, is amended by inserting immediately before "World War II or the Korean conflict” the following: "World War I,".

[H.R. 230, 89th Cong., 1st sess.) A BILL To amend section 311 of title 38, United States Code, so as to provide a stronger

presumption of soundness under certain conditions in wartime cases Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That section 311 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by substituting a colon for the period at the end thereof and adding the following: "Provided, That any disability diagnosed during a period of war after continuous service of ninety days shall be presumed to have been incurred in military service unless it is established by affirmative evidence that the disability existed prior to enlistment and was not aggravated beyond the normal progress of the disease.”

(H.R. 231, 89th Cong., 1st sess.) A BILL To amend sections 210(c) and 355 of title 38, Unitted States Code, to rescind as of

January 1, 1957, the changes made in the Veterans' Administration Schedule for Rating Disabilities, 1945 edition, and the extensions thereto, and for other purposes

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That section 210(c) of title 38, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:

“(C) Except to the extent inconsistent with the provisions of section 355 of this title, the Administrator has authority to make all rules and regulations which are necessary or appropriate to carry out the laws administered by the Veterans' Administration and are consistent therewith, including regulations with respect to the nature and extent of proofs and evidence and the method of taking and furnishing them in order to establish the right to benefits under such laws, the forms of application by claimants under such laws, the methods of making investigations and medical examinations, and the manner and form of adjudications and awards."

SEC. 2. Section 355 of title 38, United States Code, is amended to read as follows: "S 355. Authority for schedule for rating disabilities

"The Administrator is authorized and directed to apply a schedule of ratings of reductions in earning capacity from specific injuries or combination of injuries. The ratings shall be based, as far as practicable, upon the average impairments of earning capacity resulting from such injuries in civil occupations. The Veterans' Administration Schedule for Rating Disabilities, 1945 edition, including all extensions thereto, which schedule is so constructed as to provide ten grades of disability upon which payments of compensation shall be based, is hereby rescinded as to its instructions, expressed policies, terms, evaluations, and all other data contained therein, effective as of January 1, 1957, and no additions, either express or implied; deletions; changes; modifications or other alterations in the aforesaid schedule, by whatever source proposed, will be effective subsequent to January 1, 1957, until and unless approved by the Congress and enacted into law."

SEC. 3. Nothing contained in the amendments made by this Act shall be deemed to repeal or modify in any way the authority now vested in the Administrator of Veterans' Affairs or his designee to authorize administratively ratings in excess of the schedular evaluations when it is determined by him or his designee that the Veterans' Administration Schedule for Rating Disabilities, 1945 edition, and/or its extensions, are inadequate in their application to the facts in an individual case.

[H.R. 233, 89th Cong., 1st sess. ] A BILL To amend title 38 of the United States Code so as to conform the method of

computing the income of parents of certain veterans under that title Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That section 415(g) (1) of title 38, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:

“(1) In determining income for the purposes of this section, the Administrator shall disregard all amounts not included as income for the purpose of determining income under section 102(a) of this title."

SEC. 2. The amendment made by this Act shall take effect on January 1, next succeeding the date of enactment of this Act.

(H.R. 239, 89th Cong., 1st sess.) A BILL To amend section 610 of title 38, United States Code, to provide that certain

veterans shall be furnished hospital care without regard to administrative limitations

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That section 610(a) of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end thereof the following: "Where any veteran described in paragraph (1), (2), or (3) of this subsection furnishes the Administrator statements from three doctors stating in substance that the veteran needs hospital care, the Administrator, shall furnish hospital care to such veteran."

(H.R. 240, 89th Cong., 1st sess. 1

A BILL To amend section 402 of the Veterans' Benefits Act of 1957 with respect to

determinations of permanent and total disability Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That section 402(a) of the Veterans' Benefits Act of 1957 (38 U.S.C. 2402 (a)) is amended by inserting immediately below subparagraph (2) the following: "In determining whether or not an individual is permanently and totally disabled, if competent medical evidence is presented to the Administrator to the effect that such individual in fact is so totally and permanently disabled, then the Administrator shall not consider the employment status of such individual in determining whether or not he is so disabled."

[H.R. 1027, 89th Cong., 1st sess.) A BILL To amend title 38 of the United States Code to provide that certain veterans who

were prisoners of war shall be deemed to have a service-connected disability of 50 per centum

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That (a) subchapter VI of chapter 11 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end thereof the following new section: "g 361. Disability rating for certain former prisoners of war

"Any veteran who was a prisoner of war for thirty-six months or more shall, for the purpose of this title, be deemed to have a service-connected disability rating of 50 per centum. For the purpose of this section, the term 'prisoner of war' means any veterans who while on active duty was held as a prisoner of war for more than thirty-six months during World War II or the Korean conflict."

(b) The table of sections of chapter of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end thereof the following: "361. Disability rating for certain former prisoners of war."

Sec. 2. The amendments made by this Act shall take effect on the first day of the calendar month which occurs more than sixty days after the date of enactment of this Act.

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[H.R. 1141, 89th Cong., 1st sess.) A BILL To amend section 356 of title 38, United States Code, to provide a permanent

rating of 50 per centum disability for veterans who have suffered from active tuberculosis for ten or more years

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That section 356 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by inserting immediately after the second sentence therein the following: “Where the veteran has suffered from active tuberculosis which is compensable under this chapter for ten or more years, he shall thereafter be permanently rated as not less than 50 per centum disabled."

[H.R. 1169, 89th Cong., 1st sess.) À BILL To increase rates of death compensation payable under laws administered by the

Veterans' Administration

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That section 322 of title 38, United States Code, is amended to read as follows: "g 322. Rates of wartime th compensation "The monthly rates of death compensation shall be as follows:

“(1) Widow but no child, $122;
'(2) Widow with one child, $147 (with $25 for each additional child);
“(3) No widow but one child, $70;
“(4) No widow but two children, $100 (equally divided);

“(5) No widow but three children, $130 (equally divided) (with $25 for each addiitonal child, total amount to be equally divided);

“(6) Dependent mother or father, $82.50;

(7) Dependent mother and father, $50 each." SEC. 2. This Act shall take effect on the first day of the second calendar month next succeeding its enactment.

[H.R. 1170, 89th Cong., 1st sess.) A BILL To amend section 312 of title 38, United States Code, to provide a presumption

of service connection in the case of heart disease becoming disabling within three years after discharge Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That section 312 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by inserting immediately below paragraph (5) thereof the following:

"(6) heart disease developing a 10 per centum degree of disability or more within three years from the date of separation from such service;".

[H.R. 1507, 89th Cong., 1st sess.) A BILL To amend section 312 of title 38, United States Code, to provide that disabilities

of certain veterans held as prisoners of war for two or more years by the Japanese during World War II shall be considered to be service connected Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That section 312 of title 38, United States Code, is amended (1) by striking out "diseases” in the catchline and inserting in lieu thereof "diseases and disabilities”; (2) by inserting the subsection designation “(a)” immediately before “For the purposes; and (3) by adding at the end there the following:

“(b) For the purposes of this chapter and chapter 17 of this title, in the case of any veteran who, during World War II was held for two or more years as a prisoner of war by the Imperial Japanese Government and with respect to whom such Government did not meet its obligation to furnish him the quantity or quality of food to which he was entitled under the Geneva Convention of July 27, 1929, any disability of such veteran shall be held and considered to be a service-connected disability.”

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