10 U.S. Code § 12605 - Presentation of United States flag: members transferred from an active status or discharged after completion of eligibility for retired pay

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(a) Presentation of Flag.— Upon the transfer from an active status or discharge of a Reserve who has completed the years of service required for eligibility for retired pay under chapter 1223 of this title, the Secretary concerned shall present a United States flag to the member.
(b) Multiple Presentations Not Authorized.— A member is not eligible for presentation of a flag under subsection (a) if the member has previously been presented a flag under this section or any provision of law providing for the presentation of a United States flag incident to release from active service for retirement.
(c) No Cost to Recipient.— The presentation of a flag under this section shall be at no cost to the recipient.


(Added Pub. L. 106–65, div. A, title VI, § 652(a)(1),Oct. 5, 1999, 113 Stat. 664.)
Effective Date

Pub. L. 106–65, div. A, title VI, § 652(d),Oct. 5, 1999, 113 Stat. 665, provided that: “Section 12605 of title 10, United States Code (as added by subsection (a)),section 213 of the Public Health Service Act [42 U.S.C. 214] (as added by subsection (b)), andsection 25 of the Coast and Geodetic Survey Commissioned Officers’ Act of 1948 [33 U.S.C. 853v] (as added by subsection (c)) shall apply with respect to releases from service described in those sections on or after October 1, 1999.”

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