Washington : Government Printing Office
|Public Law 85-56||88|
|Sec. 434||Post, p. 485.|
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That this Act, divided into titles and sections according to the following Table of Contents, may be cited as the "Veterans' Benefits Act of 1957".
For the purposes of this Act—
(10) The term "Indian Wars" means the campaigns, engagements, and expeditions of the United States military forces against Indian tribes or nations, service in which has been recognized heretofore as pensionable service.
(a) The Administrator shall pay to each veteran of the Indian Wars who meets the service requirements of this section a pension at the following monthly rate:
(1) $101.59; or
(2) $135.45 if the veteran is in need of regular aid and attendance.
(b) A veteran meets the service requirements of this section if he served in one of the Indian Wars—
(1) for thirty days or more; or
(2) for the duration of such Indian War;
in any military organization, whether or not such service was the result of regular muster into the service of the United States, if such service was under the authority or by the approval of the United States or any State or Territory.
(a) The Administrator shall pay to the widow of each Indian War veteran who met the service requirements of section 411 a pension at the following monthly rate:
(1) $40.64 if she is below seventy years of age; or
(2) $54.18 if she is seventy years of age or older; unless she was the wife of the veteran during his service in one of the Indian Wars, in which case the monthly rate shall be $67.73.
(b) If there is a child of the veteran, the rate of pension paid to the widow under subsection (a) shall be increased by $8.13 per month for each such child.
(c) No pension shall be paid to a widow of a veteran under this section unless she was married to him—
(1) before March 4, 1917; or
(2) for ten or more years.
Whenever there is no widow entitled to pension under section 434, the Administrator shall pay to the children of each Indian War veteran who met the service requirements of section 411 a pension at the monthly rate of $48.77 for one child, plus $8.13 for each additional child, with the total amount equally divided.
The following provisions of law are repealed:
(199) The Act of January 19, 1948 (62 Stat. 4; 38 U. S. C., sec. 374a, 374a note).
(216) In the Act of May 23, 1952 (66 Stat. 90-91), the first section (38 U. S. C., sec. 47la-5); subsection (b) of section 2 (38 U.S.C., ch. 12 note); and sections 5 (38 U. S. C., secs. 277, 370); 6 (38 U. S. C., sec. 381-2); and 7 (38 U. S. C., sec. 277 note).
Approved, June 17, 1957.