PUBLIC LAW 105-368 —NOV. 11, 1998 112 STAT. 3337 "§ 11203. Documentation of qualified service "(a) RECORD OF SERVICE. —The Secretary, or in the case of personnel of the Army Transport Service or the Naval Transport Service, the Secretary of Defense, shall, upon application— "(1) issue a certificate of honorable service to a person who, as determined by that Secretary, engaged in qualified service of a nature and duration that warrants issuance of the certificate; and "(2) correct, or request the appropriate official of the Federal Government to correct, the service records of that person to the extent necessary to reflect the qualified service and the issuance of the certificate of honorable service. "(b) TIMING OF DOCUMENTATION.— A Secretary receiving an application under subsection (a) shall act on the application not later than 1 year after the date of that receipt. "(c) STANDARDS RELATING TO SERVICE. —In making a determination under subsection (a)(1), the Secretary acting on the application shall apply the same standards relating to the nature and duration of service that apply to the issuance of honorable discharges under section 401(a)(1)(B) of the GI Bill Improvement Act of 1977 (38 U.S.C. 106 note). "(d) CORRECTION OF RECORDS.— An official who is requested under subsection (a)(2) to correct the service records of a person shall make such correction.
- § 11204. Processing fees
"(a) COLLECTION OF FEES. — The Secretary, or in the case of personnel of the Army Transport Service or the Naval Transport Service, the Secretary of Defense, shall collect a fee of $30 from each applicant for processing an application submitted under section 11203(a) of this title. "(b) TREATMENT OF FEES COLLECTED.— - Amounts received by the Secretary under this section shall be deposited in the General Fund of the Treasury as offsetting receipts of the department in which the Coast Guard is operating and ascribed to Coast Guard activities. Amounts received by the Secretary of Defense under this section shall be deposited in the General Fund of the Treasury as offsetting receipts of the Department of Defense. In either case, such amounts shall be available, subject to appropriation, for the administrative costs of processing applications under section 11203 of this title.". (b) CLERICAL AMENDMENT. —The table of chapters at the beginning of subtitle II of title 46, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the item relating to chapter 111 the following new item: "112. Merchant Mariner Benefits 11201". SEC. 403. REDESIGNATION OF NATIONAL CEMETERY SYSTEM AND 38 USC 2400 ESTABLISHMENT OF UNDER SECRETARY FOR MEMORIAL note. AFFAIRS. (a) REDESIGNATION AS NATIONAL CEMETERY ADMINISTRATION.— (1) The National Cemetery System of the Department of Veterans Affairs shall hereafter be known and designated as the National Cemetery Administration. The position of Director of the National Cemetery System is hereby redesignated as Under Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Memorial Affairs.