United States Statutes at Large/Volume 1/4th Congress/1st Session/Chapter 8
Provision for persons wounded or disabled in the militia, and for volunteers in the like case.Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That every commissioned, non-commissioned officer, private or musician, who has been wounded or disabled, while in the line of his duty, in actual service, called out by authority of any law of the United States, while he belonged to the militia; or any volunteer not belonging to the militia, who has been wounded or disabled, while in the line of his duty, in actual service, as aforesaid, shall be placed on the list of invalids of the United States, at such rate of pay, and under such regulations, as shall be directed by the President of the United States for the time being: Provided,Extent of compensation to be allowed. the rate of compensation for such wounds and disabilities shall never exceed for the highest disabilities, half the monthly pay received by any commissioned officer, at the time of being so wounded or disabled; and that the rate of compensation to non-commissioned officers, privates and musicians, shall never exceed five dollars per month; and that all inferior disabilities shall entitle the person so disabled, to receive only a sum in proportion to the highest disability: And provided,What persons this provision extends to. that these provisions shall not be construed to extend to any person wounded or disabled, before the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine, nor to any person wounded or disabled since that time, who has made application for a pension, under any existing law of the United States, and has heen denied, or admitted on the pension list: Application to be made within one year after the end of the session.And provided, that all applications herein shall be made within one year after the end of the present session of Congress.
Approved, March 23, 1796.