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PUBLIC LAWS--CA 728-AUG. 1, 1946 54 Stat. 100. SEC. 10. Section 602 of the National Service Life Insurance Act of 38U.S.C.180% Supp. V, '802. 1940, as amended, is hereby amended effective as of October 8, 1940, Ane, p. 781 ct se. by adding at the end thereof the following new subsection: Total disability. "(z) Without prejudice to any other cause of disability, the perma- nent loss of the use of both feet, of both hands, or of both eyes, or of one foot and one hand, or of one foot and one eye, or of one hand and one eye, or the total loss of hearing of both ears, or the organic loss of speech, shall be deemed total disability for insurance purposes." 38 Ut.: 1J807 (b). SEC. 11. Section 607 (b) of the National Service Life Insurance Act 3S. . of 1940, as amended, is hereby amended effective as of October 8, 1940, alculation of la- by inserting after the first sentence thereof the following: "Where life contingencies are involved in the calculation of the value of such benefits of insurance heretofore or hereafter matured, the calculation of such liability or liabilities shall be based upon such mortality table or tables as the Administrator may prescribe with interest at the rate of 3 per centum per annum." 54 Stat. 1012 . SEC. 12 . Section 608 of the National Service Life Insurance Act of 1940, as amended, is hereby amended effective as of October 8, 1940, to read as follows: Powers of A dm ins- "SEC. 608. The Administrator, subject to the general direction of the President, shall administer, execute, and enforce the provisions of this Act, shall have power to make such rules and regulations, not incon- sistent with the provisions of this Act, as are necessary or appropriate to carry out its purposes, and shall decide all questions arising here- under. All officers and employees of the Veterans' Administration shall perform such duties in connection with the administration of this Act as may be assigned to them by the Administrator. All official acts performed by such officers and employees designated therefor by the Administrator shall have the same force and effect as though per- formed by the Administrator. Except in the event of suit as provided nf r a- in section 617 hereof, or other appropriate court proceedings, all decisions rendered by the Administrator under the provisions of this Act, or regulations properly issued pursuant thereto, shall be final and conclusive on all questions of law or fact, and no other official of the United States except a judge or judges of United States courts, shall have jurisdiction to review any such decisions." 54Stt. 1014 . SCO. 13. Section 616 of the National Service Life Insurance Act of 1940, as amended, is hereby amended by substituting a colon for the period at the end thereof and adding the following: "Pro- Afssnmentne of ben- vided, That assignments of all or any part of the beneficiary's inter- est may be made by a designated beneficiary to a widow, widower child, father, mother, grandfather, grandmother, brother, or sister of the insured, when the designated contingent beneficiary, if any, joins the beneficiary in the assignment, and if the assignment is delivered to the Veterans' Administration before any payments of the insurance shall have been made to the beneficiary: Provided P.ietnt "of Intrest further, That an interest in an nnity, when assigned, shall be payable in equal monthly installments in such multiple of twelve as most nearly equals the number of installments certain under such annuity,or in two hundred and forty installments, whichever is the lesser. 54Stat. 1014 . SEC. 14. Section 617 of the National Service Life Insurance Act 38U.S.C. 817; Supp.V, 1817 . of 1940, as amended, is hereby amended effective as of October 8, 1940, to read as follows: suit. "SEC. 617. In the event of disagreement as to any claim arising under this Act, suit may be brought in the same manner and subject to the same conditions and limitations as are applicable to the 788 [60 STAT.