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Disabled vet bill sent back to House

vwm.jpgSenate action June 10 should have moved H.R. 634, the American Veterans Disabled for Life Commemorative Coin Act, a presidential signature away from law. Instead, a committee amendment sent the measure back to the House to figure the next legislative move, which was to accept on June 18 the Senate changes.

H.R. 634 requires the secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of veterans who became disabled for life while serving in the Armed Forces of the United States. Up to 350,000 silver dollars would be produced bearing a 2010 date ? and it is the sense of Congress that the coins should bear a ?W? mintmark for the West Point Mint located on the campus of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

The committee amendment: the House measure began with a design ?emblematic of the design selected by the Disabled Veterans? LIFE Memorial Foundation for the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial? The new Senate version: ?The design of the coins minted under this act shall be emblematic of the service of our disabled veterans who, having survived the ordeal of war, made enormous personal sacrifices defending the principles of our democracy.?

The measure is yet another military-themed commemorative coin honoring America?s heroes. Groups previously honored included prisoners of war, women in the military, and specific themed wartime theaters such as Korea, Vietnam, the European Theater of Operations during the World War II and others.

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