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House Bill 1135

ARCHIVE (2009)

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DIGEST OF HB1135 (Updated April 22, 2009 1:35 pm - DI 84)

Veterans' benefits. Provides that the purpose of the military family relief fund is to provide short term financial assistance to certain service members or the families of certain service members for hardships resulting from the service members' active duty service. Adds a definition for a "dependent". Allows a qualified service member and the dependents of a qualified service member serving in active component of the armed forces to apply for grants from the military family relief fund. (Current law provides that assistance from the fund is available only to families of members of the armed forces reserves or the National Guard who are called to active duty.) Provides that the military family relief fund may be used to provide assistance for educational or workforce expenses. Provides that a member of the armed forces or National Guard must serve on active duty during a period of national conflict or war to be eligible for a grant from the military family relief fund. Provides that a qualified service member or the dependents of a qualified service member may be eligible to receive assistance from the military family relief fund for up to one year after the earlier of: (1) the end of the qualified service member's active duty; or (2) the cessation of the national conflict or war with respect to which the qualified service member is eligible for assistance. Requires the transfer of money in the military family relief fund that is not being used to provide assistance or meet other obligations to the veterans' affairs trust fund. Provides that the purpose of the veterans' affairs trust fund is to create a self-sustaining funding source for the military family relief fund. (Under current law, the purpose is to provide assistance to veterans and their families.) Makes related changes.
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