May 23, 1958
[H.R. 358]
Public Law 85-425

AN ACT

To increase the monthly rates of pension payable to widows and former widows of deceased veterans of the Spanish-American War, Civil War, Indian War, and Mexican War, and provide pensions to widows of veterans who served in the military or naval forces of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Veterans' Benefits Act of 1957 (Public Law 85-56) is amended–

(1) In section 431, strike out the figure "$52.50" and insert the figure "$65".
(2) In subsection 432 (a), strike out the figure "$54.18" and insert the figure "$65", and strike out the figure "$67.73" and insert the figure "$75".
(3) Section 432 is amended by adding at the end thereof the following new subsection:
“(e) For the purpose of this section, and section 433, the term ‘veteran’ includes a person who served in the military or naval forces of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War, and the term ‘active, military or naval service’ includes active service in such forces.”
(4) In section 433, strike out the figure "$48.77" and insert the figure "$73.18".
(5) In subsection 434 (a), strike out the figure "$54.18" and insert the figure "$65", and strike out the figure "$67.73" and insert the figure "$75".
(6) In section 435, strike out the figure "$48.77" and insert the figure "$73.13".
(7) In subsection 436 (a), strike out the figure "$54.18" and insert the figure "$65", and strike out the figure "$67.73" and insert the figure "$75".
(8) In section 437, strike out the figure "$62.31" and insert the figure "$73.13".
(9) Immediately above section 411, insert the following:
“CONFEDERATE FORCES VETERANS
Sec. 410. The Administrator shall pay to each person who served in the military or naval forces of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War a monthly pension in the same amounts and subject to the same conditions as would have been applicable to such person under the laws in effect on December 31, 1957, if his service in such forces had been service in the military or naval service of the United States.”

Sec. 2. This Act shall be effective from the first day of the second calendar month following its enactment.

Approved May 28, 1958.