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H.R. 5167 (ih) To amend title 38, United States Code, to protect ratings of service- connection for certain presumptive disabilities of Persian Gulf War veterans participating in Department of Veterans Affairs health study. [Introduced in House] %%Filenam...
108th CONGRESS 2d Session H. R. 5166 To prohibit the Department of Defense from requiring members of the Armed Forces to receive the anthrax and smallpox immunizations without their consent, to correct the records of servicemembers previously punished for refusing to take these vaccines, and for other purposes. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES September 29, 2004 Mr. Shays (for himself and Mr. Towns) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services, and in addition to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To prohibit the Department of Defense from requiring members of the Armed Forces to receive the anthrax and smallpox immunizations without their consent, to correct the records of servicemembers previously punished for refusing to take these vaccines, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as ``Armed Forces Voluntary Immunization and Heath Justice Act of 2004''. SEC. 2. CONSENT OF SERVICEMEMBER REQUIRED FOR SMALLPOX AND ANTHRAX IMMUNIZATIONS. (a) Smallpox Vaccine Immunization Program.--A member of the Armed Forces may not be required to participate in the smallpox vaccine immunization program of the Department of Defense. A smallpox immunization vaccination may not be administered to any such member without the informed consent of the member. (b) Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program.--A member of the Armed Forces may not be required to participate in the anthrax vaccine immunization program of the Department of Defense An anthrax immunization vaccination may not be administered to any such member without the informed consent of the member. SEC. 3. CORRECTION OF RECORDS OF SERVICEMEMBERS PREVIOUSLY PUNISHED FOR REFUSAL TO TAKE SMALLPOX OR ANTHRAX VACCINE. (a) Correction.--In the case of a member or former member of the Armed Forces who before the date of the enactment of this Act was subject to any form of adverse personnel action as a result of the refusal of the member or former member (while a member of the Armed Forces) to take a vaccine covered by section 2, the Secretary concerned, acting through the appropriate board for the correction of military records under chapter 79 of title 10, United States Code, shall, upon application, take such actions as may be necessary to correct the military records of the member or former member so as to obviate any adverse consequences of the member or former member's refusal to take such a vaccine. (b) Time for Application.--Any period established by law or regulation for the submission of an application for correction of a military record shall be treated, for purposes of an application to make a correction by reason of subsection (a), as running from the date of the enactment of this Act. (c) Expediting Consideration of Applications.--The Secretary of each military department shall take such actions as may be necessary to expedite consideration of applications for correction of military records under subsection (a). (d) Secretary Concerned.--In this section, the term ``Secretary concerned'' has the meaning given that term in section 101 of title 10, United States Code. (e) Annual Report.--(1) The Secretary of Defense shall submit to the congressional committees specified in paragraph (2) an annual report on activities under this section. Each such report shall identify the number of applications received for correction of military records under this section, the basis for decisions taken on those applications, and the types of actions taken with respect to those applications. (2) The congressional committees referred to in paragraph (1) are the following: (A) The Committee on Government Reform, the Committee on Armed Services, and the Committee on Veterans' Affairs of the House of Representatives. (B) The Committee on Governmental Affairs, the Committee on Armed Services, and the Committee on Veterans' Affairs of the Senate. SEC. 4. ASSESSMENT OF CURRENT THREAT OF ANTHRAX AND SMALLPOX ATTACKS. (a) Reevaluation Required.--The Secretary of Defense shall include in the report to Congress specified in subsection (b) an assessment of the current threat of an anthrax attack or a smallpox attack on members of the Armed Forces. The assessment shall be prepared in consultation with the head of each element of the intelligence community (as defined in section 3(4) of the National Security Act of 1947 (50 U.S.C. 401a(4))). (b) Annual Chem-Bio Report.--The report referred to in subsection (a) is the next annual report submitted to Congress after the date of the enactment of this Act under section 1703 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1994 (50 U.S.C. 1523), relating to chemical and biological warfare defense. SEC. 5. RESEARCH FUNCTIONS OF THE SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS. The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall-- (1) carry out an ongoing assessment of the adverse health effects being reported by members and former members of the Armed Forces with respect to the smallpox and anthrax vaccines administered by the Department of Defense; (2) carry out a research program to determine causal relationships (if any) between such effects and those vaccines; and (3) prepare an estimate of the future cost to the Department of Veterans Affairs to treat those adverse health effects, if determined to be service-connected. SEC. 6. ESTABLISHMENT OF NATIONAL CENTER FOR MILITARY DEPLOYMENT HEALTH RESEARCH. (a) Establishment.--The President shall establish a National Center for Military Deployment Health Research to coordinate and synthesize research efforts by Federal departments and agencies relating to the health effects of military deployments on members of the Armed Forces, including members of the reserve components. (b) Criteria.--To the maximum extent practicable, the center shall be established in a manner consistent with the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in a report dated January 1, 1999, titled ``National Center for Military Deployment Health Research''. (c) Implementation.--The center shall be established not later than 120 days after the date of the enactment of this Act. <all>
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