CHAPTER 216

AN ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS TO THE AMERICAN LEGION, DEPARTMENT OF DELAWARE, FOR THE FURNISHING OF SERVICES TO VETERANS AND THEIR DEPENDANTS.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware (three-fourths of all Members elected to each House concurring therein):

Section 1. The sum of $10,000 is appropriated to the American Legion, Department of Delaware, $5,000 for each of the fiscal years beginning July 1, 1961 and July 1, 1962. These sums shall be paid to the duly elected finance officer of said organization within three months after the beginning of each fiscal year, the warrants for such sums to be signed by the finance officer and approved by the Auditor of Accounts.

Section 2. The funds hereby appropriated shall be used to furnish services through a duly selected service officer to veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States. These services shall include the handling of claims as claims attorney and as a research specialist, any and all claims that any veterans or his dependents may have against the Federal Government of the United States as a result of service during a national emergency or in peace-time. The services shall further include services by said service officer as contact agent for all veterans for employment and/or rehabilitation; assistance in procurement of State burial allowances; the procurement and assignment of attorneys to assist deserving veterans in civil court cases and to act as an intermediary to procure assistance, financial or otherwise, from State or private welfare organizations.

Section 3. The American Legion, Department of Delaware, shall through its service officer present at the beginning of each biennial session of the General Assembly of the State of Delaware, a report to the Governor of the State and to the presiding officers of both branches of the General Assembly concerning the accomplishments during the preceding biennium, and also a detailed statement as to the expenditure of the appropriations hereby made.

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

Approved September 22, 1961.