CHAPTER 75

APPROPRIATION -

PENSIONS FOR PARAPLEGIC VETERANS

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 20, DELAWARE CODE, ENTITLED "MILITARY AND CIVIL DEFENSE" TO PROVIDE PENSIONS FOR PARAPLEGIC VETERANS AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS.

WHEREAS, the people of the State of Delaware are indebted to the veterans described herein, and fully cognizant of these veterans' acute need for assistance in supplementing their income,

NOW, THEREFORE

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware:

Section 1. Title 20, Delaware Code, is amended by adding thereto a new chapter to read as follows:

CHAPTER 10. PARAPLEGIC VETERANS

§ 1001. Pension benefits

(c) Each paraplegic veteran eligible for benefits hereunder shall receive a pension from the State of $600 per year payable in equal monthly installments at the end of each month in which such veteran is eligible.

(d) In order to be eligible for the benefits listed in subsection (a) hereof a veteran must file evidence with the State Treasurer that:

(1) He is paraplegic and fully disabled to the extent that he has no voluntary control over either of his legs; and

(2) He is listed on the rolls of the United States Veterans Administration as totally disabled for the cause listed in (1) above; and

(3) The disability is a direct result of service in the Armed Forces of the United States while the United States was officially at war or during a period when the United States was engaged in hostilities with another nation as a member of the United Nations; and

(4) For a full calendar year immediately preceding entry in the Armed Forces the veteran was a bona fide resident of the State of Delaware.

(c) If at any time the veteran ceases to be totally disabled as listed in subsections (b) (1) and (2) hereof he shall immediately notify the State Treasurer of his change in status and shall cease to be eligible for benefits hereunder.

Section 2. This act shall become effective on the first day of the month next following its approval by the Governor but eligible veterans may submit proof of eligibility immediately upon approval hereof.

Section 3. The sum of $7,200 is appropriated to the State Treasurer for the period beginning with the effective date of this act and ending June 30, 1958 and a like sum of $7,200 is appropriated to the State Treasurer for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1959 in order to make the payments provided for herein.

Section 4. This Act is a supplementary appropriation and the money appropriated shall be paid by the State Treasurer out of the General Fund of the State of Delaware.

Approved May 3, 1957.