Senate Bill No. 558

Public Act No. 00-131

An Act Concerning The Soldiers, Sailors And Marines' Fund And Granting Veterans Of Service In South Korea, Somalia And Bosnia Wartime Veteran Status.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 27-140 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

All money so paid to and received by the American Legion shall be expended by it in furnishing food, wearing apparel, medical or surgical aid or care or relief to, or in bearing the funeral expenses of, soldiers, sailors or marines who [served] performed service in time of war, as defined in subsection (a) of section 27-103, in any branch of the military service of the United States, [between April 6, 1917, and November 11, 1918, or between December 7, 1941, and December 31, 1946, all dates inclusive, or served in the Spanish-American War between April 21, 1898, and July 4, 1902, inclusive, and actual participation in hostilities in the Moro Province to July 15, 1903, or any persons who served in the military or naval forces between June 27, 1950, and December 31, 1955, both dates inclusive, or who served in the military or naval forces during the Vietnam era, as defined in subsection (a) of section 27-103, or who served in the military or naval forces during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm, August 2, 1990, until the cessation of hostilities as determined by the President of the United States or until a date established by an act of the General Assembly,] or who were engaged in any of the wars waged by the United States during said periods in the forces of any government associated with the United States, who have been honorably discharged therefrom or honorably released from active service therein, and who were citizens or resident aliens of the state at the time of entering said armed forces of the United States or of any such government, or to their spouses who are living with them, or to their widows or widowers who were living with them at the time of death, or dependent children under eighteen years of age, who may be in need of the same. All such payments shall be made by the American Legion under authority of its bylaws, which bylaws shall set forth the procedure for proof of eligibility for such aid and shall be approved by the trustee, provided payments made for the care and treatment of any person entitled to the benefits provided for herein, at any hospital receiving aid from the General Assembly unless special care and treatment are required, shall be in accordance with the provisions of section 17b-239, as amended, and provided the sum expended for the care or treatment of such person at any other place than a state-aided hospital shall in no case exceed the actual cost of supporting such person at the Veterans' Home and Hospital, unless special care and treatment are required, when such sum as may be determined by the treasurer of such organization may be paid therefor. The treasurer of such organization shall account to said trustee during the months of January, April, July and October for all moneys disbursed by it during the three months next preceding the first day of either of said months, and such account shall show the amount of and the name and address of each person to whom such aid has been furnished. Upon the completion of the trust provided for in section 27-138, the principal fund so held by said trustee shall revert to the State Treasury.

Sec. 2. Section 27-103 of the general statutes, as amended by section 2 of public act 99-272, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) As used in the general statutes, except chapter 504, and except as otherwise provided: (1) "Armed forces" means the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Air Force; (2) "veteran" means any person honorably discharged from, or released under honorable conditions from active service in, the armed forces; (3) "service in time of war" means service of ninety or more days except, if the war, campaign or other operation lasted less than ninety days, "service in time of war" means service for the entire duration of the war, campaign or other operation, unless separated from service earlier because of a service-connected disability rated by the Veterans' Administration, during the Spanish-American War, April 21, 1898, to August 13, 1898; the Philippine insurrection, August 13, 1898, to July 4, 1902, but as to engagements in the Moro Province, to July 15, 1903; the Boxer Rebellion, June 20, 1900, to May 12, 1901; the Cuban pacification, September 12, 1906, to April 1, 1909; the Nicaraguan campaign, August 28, 1912, to November 2, 1913; the Haitian campaign, July 9, 1915, to December 6, 1915; the punitive expedition into Mexico, March 10, 1916, to April 6, 1917; World War I, April 6, 1917, to November 11, 1918, but as to service in Russia, to April 1, 1920; World War II, December 7, 1941, to December 31, 1946; and the Korean hostilities, June 27, 1950, to January 31, 1955; and shall include service during the Lebanon conflict, July 1, 1958, to November 1, 1958; the Berlin Airlift, August 14, 1961, to June 1, 1962; and the Vietnam era, February 28, 1961, to July 1, 1975; and shall include service while engaged in combat or a combat support role during the peace-keeping mission in Lebanon, September 29, 1982, to March 30, 1984; the invasion of Grenada, October 25, 1983, to December 15, 1983; Operation Earnest Will, involving the escort of Kuwaiti oil tankers flying the United States flag in the Persian Gulf, February 1, 1987, to July 23, 1987; and the invasion of Panama, December 20, 1989, to January 31, 1990; and shall include service during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm, August 2, 1990, to June 30, 1994; and shall include active duty for service in the demilitarized zone in South Korea after February 1, 1955, in Somalia after December 2, 1992, and in Bosnia after December 20, 1995, and shall include service during such periods with the armed forces of any government associated with the United States.

(b) As used in this part, "home" means the Veterans' Home and Hospital maintained by the state; "hospital" means any incorporated hospital or tuberculosis sanatorium in the state and any state chronic disease hospital, mental hospital or training school for the mentally retarded, "veteran" means any veteran who served in time of war, as defined by subsection (a), and who is a resident of this state, provided, if he was not a resident or resident alien of this state at the time of enlistment or induction into the armed forces, he shall have resided continuously in this state for at least two years; "eligible dependent" means any parent, wife or husband, or child of a veteran who has no adequate means of support; and "eligible family member" means any parent, brother or sister, wife or husband, or child or children under eighteen years of age, of any veteran whose cooperation in the program is integral to the treatment of the veteran.

Approved May 26, 2000