Appendix: Public laws in which The American Legion had a hand, 2011

Public laws in which The American Legion had a hand, 2011

  • P.L. 111-377
    Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010;
    signed 1/4/2011.
    Makes a number of changes to the Post‑9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance program (Post-9/11 GI Bill).
  • P.L. 112-4
    Further Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011;
    signed 3/2/2011.
    Extended temporary funding for federal programs – including VA appropriations – for FY 2011 until March 18, 2011.
  • P.L. 112-6
    Additional Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011;
    signed 3/18/2011.
    Extended temporary funding for federal programs – including VA appropriations – for FY 2011 until April 8, 2011.
  • P.L. 112-8
    Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011;
    signed 4/9/2011.
    Extended temporary funding for federal programs – including VA appropriations – for FY 2011 until April 15, 2011.
  • P.L. 112-10
    Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011;
    signed 4/15/2011.
    Makes final appropriations for DoD programs and the entire federal government – including VA appropriations – for FY 2011, which ended Sept. 30, 2011.
  • P.L. 112-26
    Restoring GI Bill Fairness Act of 2011;
    signed 8/3/2011.
    Makes the amount payable for programs of education, at nonpublic institutions of higher education, pursued by individuals enrolled in VA’s post-9/11 educational assistance program during the period beginning on Aug. 1, 2011, and ending on July 31, 2014, the greater of $17,500 or the established charges payable under a VA maximum-payments table published on Oct. 27, 2010 (thereby preserving for such period the higher payment rates in effect prior to enactment of the Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010).
  • P.L. 112-33
    Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012;
    signed 9/30/2011.
    Extended temporary funding for federal programs – including VA appropriations – for FY 2012 until Oct. 4, 2011.
  • P.L. 112-36
    Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012;
    signed 10/5/2011.
    Extended temporary funding for federal programs – including VA appropriations – for FY 2012 until Nov. 18, 2011.
  • P.L. 112-37
    Veterans Health Care Facilities Capital Improvement Act of 2011;
    signed 10/5/2011.
    Authorizes, within specified amounts, VA to carry out certain FY2012 major medical facility-construction projects at VA medical centers in Seattle and West Los Angeles; modifies authorizations for certain previously authorized projects in Fayetteville, Ark., the Orlando, Fla. area, Palo Alto, Calif., San Juan, Puerto Rico, and St. Louis. Authorizes VA to carry out FY2012 major medical facility leases at specified outpatient and community-based outpatient clinics in Alabama, California, Georgia, Indiana, Missouri, New York and Oregon.
  • P.L. 112-53
    Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2011;
    signed 11/9/2011.
    Directs VA Secretary to increase, as of Dec. 1, 2011, the rates of veterans’ disability compensation, additional compensation for dependents, the clothing allowance for certain disabled veterans, and dependency and indemnity compensation for surviving spouses and children. Requires each such increase to be the same percentage as the increase in benefits provided under Title II (Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance) of the Social Security Act, on the same effective date.
  • P.L. 112-55
    Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012;
    signed 11/18/2011.
    Enacted FY2012 funding for the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Science programs, and their many related agencies, as well as extending temporary funding for the rest of the federal government – including VA appropriations – for FY 2012 until Dec. 16, 2011.
  • P.L. 112-64
    National Guard and Reservist Debt Relief Extension Act of 2011;
    signed 12/13/2011.
    Amends the National Guard and Reservist Debt Relief Act of 2008 to exempt for an additional four-year period qualifying Armed Forces reserve component and National Guard members (who, after Sept. 11, 2001, are called to active duty or to perform a homeland-defense activity for at least 90 days, and remain eligible for an exemption during the 540-day period following such active duty or homeland-defense activity service) from the application of the means-test presumption of abuse under Chapter 7 (Liquidation) of the Bankruptcy Code, as amended by the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005.
  • P.L. 112-65
    A bill to revise the Federal charter for the Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. to reflect a change in eligibility requirements for membership;
    signed 12/13/2011.
    Revises the membership eligibility requirements of the federal charter for the Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. Redefines “mother” to mean a woman who filled the role of birth mother. Adds, in addition to adoptive mother and stepmother (as in the current charter), foster mother, grandmother, or legal guardian of a person who is serving in the Armed Forces or has served in, or has been honorably discharged from, it (as in the current charter). Repeals the limitation to service in World War II or the Korean hostilities of the Armed Forces service of the eligible mother’s son or daughter. Allows the eligible mother to be a U.S. citizen living outside the United States (currently the charter limits membership to eligible mothers living in the United States).
  • P.L. 112-66
    A bill to amend Title 36, United States Code, to authorize The American Legion under its federal charter to provide guidance and leadership to the individual departments and posts of The American Legion, and for other purposes;
    signed 12/13/2011.
    Authorizes The American Legion to, under its federal charter, provide guidance and leadership to its state and territorial organizations and local chapters. Prohibits it from controlling or otherwise influencing their specific activities and conduct.
  • P.L. 112-74
    Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012;
    signed 12/23/2011.
    Final appropriations for remaining federal programs – including VA appropriations – for FY 2012, which ends Sept. 30, 2012.