Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 108 Part 6.djvu/97

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'--m^- PUBLIC LAW 103-446—NOV. 2, 1994 108 STAT. 4665 appropriate individuals to carry out the evaluation described in subsection (b). (b) EVALUATION OF FEASIBILITY OF STUDY. —(1) The panel convened under subsection (a) shall evaluate the feasibility of carrying out a study as described in subsection (c). (2) The panel shall submit the results of the evaluation under paragraph (1) to the Secretary not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act The Secretary shall promptly Notification. notify the Committees on Veterans' Affairs of the Senate and the House of Representatives of such results. (c) DESCRIPTION OF STUDY TO BE EVALUATED.—The study referred to in subsection (b) (the feasibility of which is to be evaluated under that subsection by the panel convened under subsection (a)) is one which would determine the nature and extent, if any, of the relationship between the exposure of veterans described in subsection (d) to ionizing radiation and the following: (1) Grenetic defects and illnesses in the children and grandchildren of such veterans. (2) Untoward pregnancy outcomes experienced by the wives of such veterans, including premature births, stillbirths, miscarriages, neonatal illnesses and deaths. (3) Periparturient diseases of the mother which are the direct residt of such untoward pregnancy outcomes. (d) COVERED VETERANS.—Subsection (c) applies to— (1) any veteran who was exposed (as determined by the Secretary) to ionizing radiation as a result of— (A) participation while on active duty in the Armed Forces in an atmospheric nuclear test that included the detonation of a nuclesir device; (B) service in the Armed Forces with the United States occupation force of Hiroshima or Nagasaki, Japan, before July 1, 1946; or (C) internment or detention as a prisoner of war of Japan before that date in circumstances providing the opportunity for exposure to ionizing radiation comparable to the exposure of individusds who served with such occupation force before liiat date; and (2) any other veteran who the Secretary designates for coverage under the study. SEC. 609. CENTE31 FOB MINORITY VETERANS AND CENTER FOR WOMEN VETERANS. (a) IN GENERAL. —Chapter 3 is amended by striking out section 317 and inserting in lieu thereof the following new sections: "§ 317. Center for Minority Veterans "(a) There is in the Department a Center for Minority Veterans. There is at the head of the Center a Director. "(b) The Director shall be a noncareer appointee in the Senior Executive Service. The Director shall be appointed for a term of six years. "(c) The Director reports directiy to the Secretary or the Deputy Secretary concerning the activities of the Center. "(d) The Director shall perform the following functions with respect to veterans who are minorities: 79-194 0—95—4: QL 3 Part 6