Giving WASP Veteran Status
PUBLIC LAW 95-202--NOV. 23, 1977
TITLE IV--WOMEN'S AIR FORCES SERVICE PILOTS
|Sec. 401. (a) (1) Notwithstanding any
other provision of law, the service of any person as a member of the Women's Air Forces
Service Pilots (a group of Federal civilian employees attached to the United States Army
Air Force during World War II), or the service of any person in any other similarly
situated group the members of which rendered service to the Armed Forces of the United
States in a capacity considered civilian employment or contractual service at the time
such service was rendered, shall be considered active duty for the purposes of all laws
administered by the Veterans' Administration if the Secretary of Defense, pursuant to
regulations which the Secretary shall prescribe--
Discharges issued pursuant to the provisions of the first sentence of this paragraph shall designate as the date of discharge that date, as determined by the Secretary of Defense, on which such service by the person concerned was terminated.
(2) In making a determination under clause (A) of paragraph (1) of this subsection with respect to any group described in such paragraph, the Secretary of Defense may take into consideration the extent to which--
(b) (1) No benefits shall be paid to any person for any period prior to the date of enactment of this title as a result of the enactment of subsection (a) of this section.
(2) The provisions of section 106(a) (2) of title 38, United
States Code, relating to election of benefits, shall be applicable to persons made
eligible for benefits, under laws administered by the Veterans Administration, as a result
of implementation of the provisions of subsection (a) of this section.
TITLE V--EFFECTIVE DATES
Sec. 501. The provisions of this Act shall become effective on
the first day of the first month beginning 60 days after the date of enactment of this
Act, except that the provisions of title I and section 304(a) (1) (A) shall be effective
retroactively to October 1, 1977, the provisions of sections 201 and 202 shall become
effective on January 1, 1978, the provisions of section 203 shall be effective
retroactively to May 31, 1976, and the provisions of sections 301, 302(2), 304(a)(1)(B),
304(a)(2), 305(a)(3), 305(b)(3), 305(b)(4), 305(c), 306, 307, 308, 309, and 310 and of
title IV shall be effective upon enactment.
Approved November 23, 1977.*
HOUSE REPORT No. 95--586 (Comm. on Veterans' Affairs).
SENATE REPORTS: No. 95--486 and No. 95--468, pt. II accompanying S. 457 (both for Comm. on Veterans' Affairs).
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 123 (1977):
Sept. 12, considered and passed House.
Oct. 19, considered and passed Senate, amended, in lieu of S. 457.
Nov. 3, House agreed to Senate amendment with an amendment.
Nov. 4, Senate concurred in House Amendment.
WEEKLY COMPILATION OF PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS, Vol. 13, No 48:
Nov. 23, Presidential statement.
|Active duty status.
38 USC 106 note
38 USC 101 note