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1     AN ACT concerning veterans.
2     Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3 represented in the General Assembly:
4     Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the War on
5 Terrorism Compensation Act.
6     Section 5. Definitions. In this Act:
7     "Armed forces of the United States" means the United States
8 Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard, the United
9 States Reserve Forces, or the Illinois National Guard. Service
10 in the merchant marine is not service in the armed forces for
11 purposes of this Act.
12     "Department" means the Illinois Department of Veterans'
13 Affairs.
14     Section 10. Compensation.
15     (a) Subject to appropriation, every person who has served
16 on active duty with the armed forces of the United States on or
17 after September 11, 2001 and prior to such time as Congress
18 declares such persons ineligible for the Global War on
19 Terrorism Expeditionary Medal or the Global War on Terrorism
20 Service Medal is entitled to receive compensation of $100 for
21 such service if (i) he or she had been a resident of the State
22 of Illinois for at least 12 months immediately preceding the



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1 time he or she entered such service, (ii) he or she is still in
2 active service, is honorably separated or discharged from such
3 service, has been furloughed to a reserve, or has been retired,
4 and (iii) he or she has received the Global War on Terrorism
5 Expeditionary Medal or the Global War on Terrorism Service
6 Medal.
7     (b) No payment may be made under this Section to any person
8 who, though in such service: did civilian work at civilian pay;
9 did not serve at least 30 consecutive or 60 nonconsecutive days
10 outside the United States or its territories; or has received
11 from another state a bonus or compensation of like nature as
12 provided by this Act.
13     Section 15. Assignment prohibited. No right or claim to
14 compensation under this Act may be assigned.
15     Section 20. Legal disability. If a person to whom
16 compensation is payable under this Act is under a legal
17 disability, the compensation shall be paid to the person
18 legally vested with the care of the legally disabled person
19 under the laws of his or her state of residence. If no such
20 person has been so designated for the legally disabled person,
21 payment shall be made to the chief officer of any hospital or
22 institution under the supervision or control of any state or of
23 the United States Department of Veterans Affairs in which the
24 legally disabled person is placed, if that officer is



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1 authorized to accept moneys for the benefit of the legally
2 disabled person. Any payments so made shall be held or used
3 solely for the benefit of the legally disabled person.
4     As used in this Section, a person under a legal disability
5 means a person found to be so by a court of competent
6 jurisdiction of any state or the District of Columbia or by any
7 adjudication officer of the United States Department of
8 Veterans Affairs.
9     Section 25. Application to Department of Veterans'
10 Affairs. An application for compensation under this Act must be
11 made to the Department.
12     Section 30. Rules. The Department shall adopt rules for
13 making payments under this Act, for ascertaining and selecting
14 proper beneficiaries and determining the amount to which those
15 beneficiaries are entitled, and for procedures necessary for
16 implementing this Act.
17     Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
18 becoming law.