Bill S3576-2013

Permits veterans to purchase military service credit for service rendered in the Iranian hostage crisis

Permits veterans to purchase military service credit for service rendered in the Iranian hostage crisis.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO CIVIL SERVICE AND PENSIONS
  • Feb 6, 2013: REFERRED TO CIVIL SERVICE AND PENSIONS

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BILL NUMBER:S3576

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the retirement and social security law, in relation to permitting the purchase of military service rendered in the Iranian hostage crisis

PURPOSE: To permit the purchase of military service credit during military service rendered in the Iranian hostage crisis.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1: The inclusion of section 'e' within subdivision 2, section 1000 of the Retirement and Social Security law, added by Chapter 548 of the laws of 2000, allowing for those military forces of the United States who participated in hostilities during the period November 4, 1979 until January 20, 1981, to be eligible for a maximum of three years of retirement credit for military service performed during the Iranian Hostage crisis.

Section 2: Effective date of bill.

EXISTING LAW: Chapter 548 of the laws of 2000 fails to recognize and give due diligence to the military forces who served in hostilities during the period November 4, 1979 until January 20, 1981, also known as the "Iranian Hostage Crisis." periods previously identified in this chapter include:

*December 7, 1941 - December 31, 1946 (World War II);

*June 27, 1950 - January 31, 1955 (Korean War);

*February 28, 1961 - May 7, 1975 (Vietnam War);

*June 1, 1983 - December 1, 1987 (Lebanon);

*October 23, 1983 - November 21, 1983 (Grenada);

*December 20, 1989 - January 31, 1990 (Panama);

*August 2, 1990 to the end of hostilities in Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, the united Arab Emirates, Oman, the Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf, the Red Sea, and the airspace above these location.

JUSTIFICATION: A series of events which rallied countless number of Iranians against a government that distributed uneven distribution of wealth and a westernizing influence of the United States led to the hostage and imprisonment of 66 Americans by Iranian student unions at both the U.S. Embassy in Teheran, Iran and the Iranian Foreign Ministry on November 4, 1979. Over the course of 444 days, a total of 52 hostages were kept captive after the release of several women and African-Ameri cans by the Iranian student unions. During this time, the hostages were paraded in front of television cameras, often blindfolded or hooded, and a failed military mission coded-named "Operation Eagle Claw" led to the deaths of eight U.S. Military personnel, fueling further discontent. With the inauguration of President Ronald Reagan on January 20, 1981, the ordeal cease to exist.

Reflecting back on a tough time for U.S. Military personnel to aid and bring home our hostages safe and soundly, this class/period in history should be rightly classified and grouped with other defined periods as specified within Chapter 548 of the laws of 2000. It was a contentious time for our military which called for strategic plans to both protect and ensure the lives of our hostages. For the efforts of the U.S. Military, they should be honored and given the privilege to buy back military service credit if they so choose.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: S. 5913 - Referred to Civil Service and Pensions

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3576 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 6, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. ADDABBO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Civil Service and Pensions AN ACT to amend the retirement and social security law, in relation to permitting the purchase of military service rendered in the Iranian hostage crisis THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraphs (c) and (d) of subdivision 2 of section 1000 of the retirement and social security law, as added by chapter 548 of the laws of 2000, are amended and a new paragraph (e) is added to read as follows: (c) hostilities participated in by the military forces of the United States in Panama, from the twentieth day of December, nineteen hundred eighty-nine to the thirty-first day of January, nineteen hundred ninety, as established by receipt of the armed forces expeditionary medal, the navy expeditionary medal, or the marine corps expeditionary medal; [or] (d) hostilities participated in by the military forces of the United States, from the second day of August, nineteen hundred ninety, to the end of such hostilities in case of a veteran who served in the theater of operations including Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, the Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf, the Red Sea, and the airspace above these locations[.]; OR (E) HOSTILITIES PARTICIPATED IN BY THE MILITARY FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES, FROM THE FOURTH DAY OF NOVEMBER, NINETEEN HUNDRED SEVENTY-NINE TO THE TWENTIETH DAY OF JANUARY, NINETEEN HUNDRED EIGHTY-ONE, IN THE CASE OF A VETERAN WHO SERVED IN THE IRANIAN HOSTAGE CRISIS. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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