Text: H.R.2165 — 107th Congress (2001-2002)

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107th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                H. R. 2165

To amend title 10, United States Code, to authorize the award of a Cold 
 War service medal to members of the Armed Forces who served honorably 
                        during the Cold War era.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                             June 13, 2001

  Mr. Spence introduced the following bill; which was referred to the 
                      Committee on Armed Services

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                                 A BILL


 
To amend title 10, United States Code, to authorize the award of a Cold 
 War service medal to members of the Armed Forces who served honorably 
                        during the Cold War era.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. COLD WAR SERVICE MEDAL.

    (a) Authority.--Chapter 57 of title 10, United States Code, is 
amended by adding at the end the following new section:
``Sec. 1134. Cold war service medal
    ``(a) Medal Authorized.--The Secretary concerned shall issue the 
Cold War service medal to persons eligible to receive the medal under 
subsection (b). The Cold War service medal shall be of an appropriate 
design approved by the Secretary of Defense, with ribbons, lapel pins, 
and other appurtenances.
    ``(b) Eligible Persons.--The following persons are eligible to 
receive the Cold War service medal:
            ``(1) A person who--
                    ``(A) performed active duty or inactive duty 
                training as an enlisted member of an armed force during 
                the Cold War;
                    ``(B) completed the person's initial term of 
                enlistment;
                    ``(C) after the expiration of the person's initial 
                term of enlistment, reenlisted in an armed force for an 
                additional term or was appointed as a commissioned 
                officer or warrant officer; and
                    ``(D) has not received a discharge less favorable 
                than an honorable discharge or a release from active 
                duty with a characterization of service less favorable 
                than honorable.
            ``(2) A person who--
                    ``(A) performed active duty or inactive duty 
                training as a commissioned officer or warrant officer 
                in an armed force during the Cold War;
                    ``(B) completed the person's initial service 
                obligation as an officer;
                    ``(C) served in the armed forces after completing 
                the person's initial service obligation; and
                    ``(D) has not been released from active duty with a 
                characterization of service less favorable than 
                honorable and has not received a discharge less 
                favorable than an honorable discharge.
    ``(c) One Award Authorized.--Not more than one Cold War service 
medal may be issued to any one person.
    ``(d) Issuance to Representative of Deceased.--If a person referred 
to in subsection (b) dies before being issued the Cold War service 
medal, the medal may be issued to the person's representative, as 
designated by the Secretary concerned.
    ``(e) Replacement.--Under regulations prescribed by the Secretary 
concerned, a Cold War service medal that is lost, destroyed, or 
rendered unfit for use without fault or neglect on the part of the 
person to whom it was issued may be replaced without charge.
    ``(f) Uniform Regulations.--The Secretary of Defense shall ensure 
that regulations prescribed by the Secretaries of the military 
departments under this section are uniform so far as is practicable.
    ``(g) Definition.--In this section, the term `Cold War' means the 
period beginning on September 2, 1945, and ending at the end of 
December 26, 1991.''.
    (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of sections at the beginning of 
such chapter is amended by adding at the end the following new item:

``1134. Cold War service medal.''.
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