CHAPTER 140

AN ACT TO AID VETERANS' ORGANIZATIONS AND THEIR SERVICES TO VETERANS BY MAKING AN APPROPRIATION THEREFOR.

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

Section 1. The sum of $5,000 is appropriated to the American Legion, Department of Delaware, for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1963, and ending June 30, 1964. This sum shall be paid to the duly elected finance officer of said organization within three months after the beginning of the fiscal year, the warrants for such sums to be signed by the finance officer and approved by the Auditor of Accounts.

Section 2. The sum of $5,000 is appropriated to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of Delaware for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1963, and ending June 30, 1964. This sum shall be paid to the duly elected finance officer of said organization within three months after the beginning of the fiscal year, the warrants for such sums to be signed by the finance officer and approved by the Auditor of Accounts.

Section 3. The funds appropriated by Sections 1 and 2 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 4. The American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of Delaware, shall, each, through its service officer present at the beginning of each regular 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 fiscal year and also a detailed statement as to the expenditure of the appropriations hereby made.

Section 5. The sum of $1,500 is appropriated to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of Delaware, for operation expenses for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1963, and ending June 30, 1964. The sum is to be paid to the duly elected Finance Officer of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of Delaware, upon warrants signed by the Finance Officer and approved by the Auditor of Accounts.

Section 6. The sum of $2,000 is appropriated annually to the American Legion, Department of Delaware, for operation expenses for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1963, and ending June 30, 1964. The sums are to be paid to the duly elected Finance Officer of the American Legion, Department of Delaware, upon warrants signed by the said Finance Officer and approved by the Auditor of Accounts.

Section 7. The sum of $1,000 is appropriated to the Disabled American Veterans of Delaware for operation expenses for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1963, and ending June 30, 1964.

Section 8. This Act is a supplementary appropriation act and the moneys appropriated shall be paid by the State Treasurer out of any moneys in the General Fund of the State of Delaware not otherwise appropriated.

Approved October 10, 1963.