[Congressional Bills 112th Congress]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office]
[S. 1768 Introduced in Senate (IS)]

112th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                S. 1768

  To amend title 10, United States Code, to authorize space-available 
 travel on military aircraft for members of the reserve components, a 
  member or former member of a reserve component who is eligible for 
 retired pay but for age, widows and widowers of retired members, and 
                              dependents.


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                   IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

                            October 31, 2011

   Mr. Begich (for himself, Mr. Casey, Mr. Graham, Mr. Grassley, Ms. 
  Klobuchar, Mr. Leahy, Ms. Murkowski, Mr. Pryor, Ms. Snowe, and Mr. 
    Tester) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and 
              referred to the Committee on Armed Services

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                                 A BILL


 
  To amend title 10, United States Code, to authorize space-available 
 travel on military aircraft for members of the reserve components, a 
  member or former member of a reserve component who is eligible for 
 retired pay but for age, widows and widowers of retired members, and 
                              dependents.

    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 the ``National Guard, Reserve, `Gray Area' 
Retiree, and Surviving Spouses Space-available Travel Equity Act of 
2011''.

SEC. 2. ELIGIBILITY OF RESERVE MEMBERS, GRAY AREA RETIREES, WIDOWS AND 
              WIDOWERS OF RETIRED MEMBERS, AND DEPENDENTS FOR SPACE-
              AVAILABLE TRAVEL ON MILITARY AIRCRAFT.

    (a) Eligibility.--
            (1) In general.--Chapter 157 of title 10, United States 
        Code, is amended by inserting after section 2641b the following 
        new section:
``Sec. 2641c. Space-available travel on Department of Defense aircraft: 
              reserve members, reserve members eligible for retired pay 
              but for age; widows and widowers of retired members; and 
              dependents
    ``(a) Reserve Members.--A member of a reserve component holding a 
valid Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card shall be 
provided transportation on Department of Defense aircraft, on a space-
available basis.
    ``(b) Reserve Retirees Under Applicable Eligibility Age.--A member 
or former member of a reserve component who, but for being under the 
eligibility age applicable to the member under section 12731 of this 
title, otherwise would be eligible for retired pay under chapter 1223 
of this title shall be provided transportation on Department of Defense 
aircraft, on a space-available basis.
    ``(c) Widows and Widowers of Retired Members.--
            ``(1) In general.--An unremarried widow or widower of a 
        member of the armed forces described in paragraph (2) shall be 
        provided transportation on Department of Defense aircraft, on a 
        space-available basis.
            ``(2) Members covered.--A member of the armed forces 
        referred to in paragraph (1) is a member who--
                    ``(A) is entitled to retired pay;
                    ``(B) is described in subsection (b);
                    ``(C) dies in the line of duty while on active duty 
                and is not eligible for retired pay; or
                    ``(D) in the case of a member of a reserve 
                component, dies as a result of a line of duty condition 
                and is not eligible for retired pay.
    ``(d) Dependents.--A dependent of a member or former member 
described in subsection (a) or (b) or of an unremarried widow or 
widower described in subsection (c) holding a valid Uniformed Services 
Identification and Privilege Card shall be provided transportation on 
Department of Defense aircraft, on a space-available basis, if the 
dependent is accompanying the member.
    ``(e) Scope.--Space-available travel required by this section 
includes travel to and from locations within and outside the 
continental United States.
    ``(f) Definition of Dependent.--In this section, the term 
`dependent' has the meaning given that term in section 1072 of this 
title.''.
            (2) Clerical amendment.--The table of sections at the 
        beginning of such chapter is amended by inserting after the 
        item relating to section 2641b the following new item:

``2641c. Space-available travel on Department of Defense aircraft: 
                            reserve members, reserve members eligible 
                            for retired pay but for age; widows and 
                            widowers of retired members; and 
                            dependents.''.
    (b) Regulations.--The Secretary of Defense shall prescribe 
regulations to implement section 2641c of title 10, United States Code, 
as added by subsection (a).
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