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H.579

Introduced by   Representatives Krawczyk of Bennington, Acinapura of Brandon, Adams of Hartland, Audette of S. Burlington, Baker of West Rutland, Bartlett of Dover, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Botzow of Pownal, Branagan of Georgia, Brennan of Colchester, Canfield of Fair Haven, Corcoran of Bennington, Dates of Shelburne, Donaghy of Poultney, Donahue of Northfield, Dowland of Holland, Dunsmore of Georgia, Endres of Milton, Errecart of Shelburne, Flory of Pittsford, French of Randolph, Green of Berlin, Head of S. Burlington, Helm of Castleton, Houston of Ferrisburgh, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hube of Londonderry, Hunt of Essex, Jewett of Ripton, Johnson of Canaan, Kennedy of Chelsea, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Koch of Barre Town, Larocque of Barnet, Larrabee of Danville, LaVoie of Swanton, Lawrence of Lyndon, Malcolm of Pawlet, Marcotte of Coventry, Marron of Stowe, Martin of Springfield, McAllister of Highgate, McCullough of Williston, McFaun of Barre Town, Miller of Shaftsbury, Molloy of Arlington, Mook of Bennington, Morley of Barton, Morrissey of Bennington, Myers of Essex, Nease of Johnson, Niquette of Colchester, Otterman of Topsham, Parent of St. Albans City, Potter of Clarendon, Severance of Colchester, Shaw of Derby, Smith of New Haven, Tracy of Burlington, Valliere of Barre City, Westman of Cambridge, Winters of Swanton, Winters of Williamstown, Wright of Burlington and Young of Orwell

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Veterans' affairs; Vermont distinguished service medal; Vermont veterans' medal; criteria for award

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to clarify the conditions for the award of the Vermont distinguished service medal and the Vermont veterans' medals.

AN ACT RELATING TO VERMONT SERVICE MEDALS

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  20 V.S.A. § 1545 is amended to read:

§ 1545.  VERMONT DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDALS

(a)  The governor may present in the name of the state of Vermont a distinguished service medal of appropriate design, and a separate ribbon that may be worn in place of the medal, lapel button, and certificate to an individual who was a resident of Vermont at the time of entry into military service, and, or the individual’s spouse, child, parent, sibling, or grandchild if the individual is deceased, provided the individual meets all the following eligibility criteria:

(1)  Served in a combat theater of operations during a war or emergency as a member of the federal active-duty military, as evidenced by copies of the person's honorable discharge and severance papers, DD Form 214 or, for World War II veterans, WD Form 53; or service during any period of war prior to April 6, 1916; foreign service during World War I or World War II; or receipt of federal decorations showing combat related service since January 1, 1947.

(2)  Died in a combat theater of operations during a war or emergency, as evidenced by copies of the individual's DD Form 1300; or Received an honorable discharge from the federal active-duty military, or died before separating from the federal active-duty military, or was declared missing in action by the United States Department of Defense; or is currently a member in good standing in the federal active-duty military with more than four years of service.

(3)  Was officially listed as a prisoner of war or missing in action by the United States Department of Defense while serving in a combat theater of operations during a war or emergency a resident of Vermont at the time of entry into military service, or was mobilized to federal active duty while a member of the Vermont National Guard or other reserve unit located in Vermont, regardless of the resident’s home of record.

(b)  The service medal for a deceased individual or an individual who has been listed as a prisoner of war or missing in action shall be issued to the individual's parent, spouse, sibling or other relative who submits all the required forms and documentation on behalf of that individual.

(c)  The distinguished service medal shall conform to MIL-DTL-3943 and the state specification sheets; the ribbon shall conform to MIL-DTL-11589 as to quality and construction; and the lapel button shall conform to

MIL-DTL-11484.  The state specification sheets and original model shall be kept by the secretary of state.

(d)(c)  Application for a distinguished service medal may be made by a qualified individual under this section, or by the individual's parent, spouse, sibling or other relative, to the office of veterans' affairs of the office of the adjutant general.  The office of veterans' affairs shall also design, cast, and procure the distinguished service medals, and maintain and verify records and documents pertaining to the medals and awards.  Approved applicants may choose to receive the medal by mail or in a ceremony with the governor or a representative of the governor.


Sec. 2.  20 V.S.A. § 1546 is amended to read:
§ 1546.  
VERMONT VETERANS' MEDAL

(a)  Each living individual who was a resident of Vermont at the time of entry into military service and was honorably discharged or transferred to a reserve status in the armed forces of the United States, and served an entire two-year tour of active duty unless discharged for the convenience of the government shall be eligible to receive the Vermont veterans' medal, upon written request to the Vermont office of veterans' affairs, accompanied by a copy of the individual's DD Form 214 or WD Form 53, and any additional supporting information documenting residency if the DD Form 214 does not indicate a Vermont address as the individual's home of record.  The office of veterans’ affairs may present in the name of the state of Vermont a veterans’ medal, ribbon, lapel button, and certificate to an individual or the individual’s spouse, child, parent, sibling, or grandchild if the individual is deceased and the individual meets all the following eligibility criteria:

(1)  Completed a minimum two-year tour of federal active military duty, unless discharged for the convenience of the government, and received an honorable discharge, died before separating from the federal active-duty military, or was declared missing in action by the United States Department of Defense; or the individual is currently on federal active military duty and in good standing with more than four years of service.

(2)  Was a resident of Vermont at the time of entry into military service, or was mobilized to federal active duty while a member of the Vermont National Guard or other reserve unit located in Vermont, regardless of the individual’s home of record.

(b)  The Vermont veterans' medal shall be awarded for honorable service in the active military service of the United States, including any member of the Vermont National Guard or the ready reserves who was mobilized for active federal service during a time of conflict.  The Vermont veterans' medal may be awarded regardless of length of service if the member dies while on active duty, becomes a prisoner of war, or is listed as missing in action.

(c)  The Vermont veterans' medal shall conform to MIL-DTL-3943 and the state specification sheets, and shall be as follows:  the obverse shall be a relief replica of the coat of arms of the state of Vermont, and shall have the words "Vermont National Defense" in a circular style with "1777" at the bottom and centered.  The existing great seal of the secretary of state Vermont shall be the model for the reverse side.  The ribbon shall conform to MIL-DTL-11589 as to quality and construction, and shall consist of the four primary colors of the Vermont coat of arms:  green, blue, yellow, and red.  The lapel button shall conform to MIL-DTL-11484.  The state specification sheets and original model shall be kept by the secretary of state.

(d)  Application for a Vermont veterans' distinguished service medal may be made by a qualified individual under this section, or by the individual's parent, spouse, sibling or other relative, to the office of veterans' affairs of the office of the adjutant general.  The office of veterans' affairs shall also procure and cast the medal according to the design prescribed by subsection (c) of this section, and maintain and verify records and documents pertaining to the medals and awards veterans’ medal will be made to the office of veterans’ affairs.  The office of veterans’ affairs shall also design, cast, and procure the veterans’ medals and maintain and verify records and documents pertaining to the medals.  Approved applicants may choose to receive the medal by mail or in a ceremony with a representative of the state of Vermont.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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