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108 STAT. 2762 PUBLIC LAW 103-337 —OCT. 5, 1994 (d) ASSISTANCE.—(1) Under a victims' advocates program established under subsection (a), individuals working in the program shall principally serve the interests of a victim by initiating action to provide (A) information on available benefits and services, (B) assistance in obtaining those benefits and services, and (C) other appropriate assistance. (2) Services under such a program in the case of an individual who is a victim of family violence (including intrafamilial sexual, physical, and emotional abuse) shall be provided principally through the family advocacy programs of the military departments. (e) STAFFING.— The Secretary of Defense shall provide for the assignment of personnel (military or civilian) on a full-time basis to victims' advocates programs established pursuant to subsection (a). The Secretary shall ensure that sufficient numbers of such full-time personnel are assigned to those programs to enable those programs to be carried out effectively. (f) IMPLEMENTATION DEADLINE. —Subsection (a) shall be carried out not later than six months after the date of the enactment of this Act. (g) IMPLEMENTATION REPORT. — Not later than 30 days after the date on which Department of Defense policies and regulations are revised pursuant to subsection (a), the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and House of Representatives a report on the implementation (and plans for implementation) of this section. SEC. 535. TRANSITIONAL COMPENSATION AND OTHER BENEFITS FOR DEPENDENTS OF MEMBERS SEPARATED FOR DEPEND- ENT ABUSE. (a) EARLIER COMMENCEMENT OF PAYMENTS.— Subsection (e) of section 1059 of title 10, United States Code, as redesignated by section 1070(a)(5) of this Act, is amended to read as follows: "(e) COMMENCEMENT AND DURATION OF PAYMENT.—(1) Payment of transitional compensation under this section— "(A) in the case of a member convicted by a court-martial for a dependent-abuse offense, shall commence as of the date of the approval of the court-martial sentence by the person acting under section 860(c) of this title (article 60(c) of the Uniform Code of Military Justice) if the sentence, as approved, includes a dismissal, dishonorable discharge, bad conduct discharge, or forfeiture of all pay and allowances; and "(B) in the case of a member being considered under applicable regulations for administrative separation from active duty in accordance with such regulations (if the basis for the separation includes a dependent-abuse offense), shall commence as of the date on which the separation action is initiated by a commander of the member pursuant to such regulations, as determined by the Secretary concerned. "(2) Transitional compensation with respect to a member shall be paid for a period of 36 months, except that, if as of the date on which payment of transitional compensation commences the unserved portion of the member's period of obligated active duty service is less than 36 months, the period for which transitional compensation is paid shall be equal to the greater of— "(A) the unserved portion of the member's period of obligated active duty service; or "(B) 12 months.