Department of Veterans Affairs.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its adjudication regulations regarding service connection for disabilities incurred or aggravated during inactive duty for training. This amendment is necessary to insure the regulations accurately reflect a statutory amendment.
Effective Date: July 31, 2002.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Randy A. McKevitt, Consultant, Regulations Staff, Compensation and Pension Service, Veterans Benefits Administration, 810 Vermont Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20420, telephone (202) 273-7138.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
VA is amending its adjudication regulations regarding service connection for disabilities incurred or aggravated during inactive duty for training. The regulation amending 38 CFR 3.6 to implement Public Law 106-419, November 1, 2000, Veterans Benefits and Health Care Improvement Act of 2000, used wording slightly different from the wording of the Act. We are amending the regulation to accurately reflect the wording of the Act.
Administrative Procedure Act
We are publishing this as a final rule because the amendment only restates the statute and makes no substantive changes in the regulation. (5 U.S.C. 553).
Paperwork Reduction Act
This document contains no provisions constituting a collection of information under the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520).
Regulatory Flexibility Act
The Secretary hereby certifies that this regulatory amendment will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities as they are defined in the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA), 5 U.S.C. 601-612. Only VA beneficiaries could be directly affected. Therefore, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 605(b), this amendment is exempt from the initial and final regulatory flexibility analysis requirements of sections 603 and 604. Start Printed Page 49585
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance program numbers are 64.109 and 64.110.Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 38 CFR Part 3End List of Subjects
Administrative practice and procedure, Claims, Disability benefits, Health care, Pensions, Veterans, Vietnam.Start Signature
Approved: July 3, 2002.
Anthony J. Principi,
Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
For the reasons set forth in the preamble,End Amendment Part Start Part
Subpart A—Pension, Compensation, and Dependency and Indemnity CompensationEnd Part Start Amendment Part
1. The authority citation for part 3, subpart A continues to read as follows:End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
2. Section 3.6 is amended by:End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
A. Removing paragraphs (a)(1) through (a)(3).End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
B. In paragraph (a), removing “a covered disease which occurred during such training. For purposes of this section, the term ‘covered disease’ is limited to-”, and adding, in its place, “an acute myocardial infarction, a cardiac arrest, or a cerebrovascular accident which occurred during such training.”End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
C. Adding paragraph (e)(3) preceding the authority citation at the end of the section.End Amendment Part
The addition reads as follows:
(e) * * *
(3) For purposes of this section, the term covered disease means any of the following:
(i) An acute myocardial infarction.
(ii) A cardiac arrest.
(iii) A cerebrovascular accident.
[FR Doc. 02-19329 Filed 7-30-02; 8:45 am]
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