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Pensions
An Act Granting pensions to certain enlisted men, soldiers,
and officers who served in the Civil War and the
War with Mexico
Act of May 11, 1912

U. S. Statutes
An Act Granting pensions to certain enlisted men, soldiers, and officers who served in the Civil War and the War with
Mexico.  
Act of May 11, 1912, ch. 123.1

[SEC. 1.] [Pensions — granted for service in Civil War to persons 62 years old or over.] That any person who served
ninety days or more in the military. or naval service of the United States during the late Civil War, who has been
honorably discharged therefrom, and who has reached the age of sixty-two years or over, shall, upon making proof
of such facts, according to such rules and regulations as the Secretary of the Interior may provide, be placed upon
the pension roll and be entitled to receive a pension as follows: In case such person has reached the age of sixty-two
years and served ninety days, thirteen dollars per month; six months, thirteen dollars and fifty cents per month; one
year, fourteen dollars per month; one and a half years, fourteen dollars and fifty cents per month; two years, fifteen
dollars per month; two and a half years, fifteen dollars and fifty cents per month; three years or over, sixteen dollars
per month. In case such person has reached the age of sixty-six years and served ninety days, fifteen dollars per
month; six months, fifteen dollars and fifty cents per month; one year, sixteen dollars per month; one and a half
years, sixteen dollars and fifty cents per month; two years, seventeen dollars per month; two and a half years,
eighteen dollars per month; three years or over, nineteen dollars per month. In case such person has reached the
age of seventy years and served ninety days, eighteen dollars per month; six months, nineteen dollars per month;
one year, twenty dollars per month; one and a half years, twenty-one dollars and fifty cents per month; two years,
twenty-three dollars per month; two and a half years, twenty-four dollars per month; three years or over, twenty-five
dollars per month. In case such person has reached the age of seventy-five years and served ninety days, twenty-
one dollars per month; six months, twenty-two dollars and fifty cents per month; one year, twenty-four dollars per
month; one and a half years, twenty-seven dollars per month; two years or over, thirty dollars per month.

[Rate for permanent disability irrespective of service or age.] That any person who served in the military or naval
service of the United States during the Civil War and received an honorable discharge, and who was wounded in
battle or in line of duty and is now unfit for manual labor by reason thereof, or who from disease or other causes
incurred in line of duty resulting in his disability is now unable to perform manual labor, shall be paid the maximum
pension under this Act, to wit, thirty dollars per month, without regard to length of service or age.

[Mexican War service — rate.  That any person who has served sixty davs or more in the military or naval service of
the United States in the War with Mexico and has been honorably discharged therefrom, shall, upon making like
proof of such service, be entitled to receive a pension of thirty dollars per month.

[Commencement — existing pensioners or applicants — no double pension — not applicable to pensioners at a
higher rate] All of the aforesaid pensions shall commence from the date of filing of the applications in the Bureau of
Pensions after the passage and approval of this Act: Provided, That pensioners who are sixty-two years of age or
over, and who are now receiving pensions under existing laws, or whose claims are pending in the Bureau of
Pensions, may, by application to the Commissioner of Pensions, in such form as he may prescribe, receive the
benefits of this Act; and nothing herein contained shall prevent any pensioner or person entitled to a pension from
prosecuting his claim and receiving a pension under any other general or special Act: Provided. That no person shall
receive a pension under any other law at the same time or for the same period that he is receiving a pension under
the provisions of this Act: Provided further, That no person who is now receiving or shall hereafter receive a greater
pension, under any other general or special law, than he would be entitled to receive under the provisions herein
shall be pensionable under this Act. 37 Stat. L. 112-1

SEC. 2. [Rank not considered] That rank in the service shall not be considered in applications filed hereunder. [37
Stat. L. 118.1]

SEC. 3. [Fees for services limited to applications for original pension.] That no pension attorney, claim agent, or
other person shall be entitled to receive any compensation for services rendered in presenting any claim to the
Bureau of Pensions, or securing any pension, under this Act, except in applications for original pension by persons
who have not heretofore received a pension. [37 Stat. L. 113.]

SEC. 4. [Pensioners included.] That the benefits of this Act shall include any person who served during the late Civil
War, or in the War with Mexico, and who is now or may hereafter become entitled to pension under the Acts of June
twenty-seventh, eighteen hundred and ninety, February fifteenth, eighteen hundred and ninety-five, and the joint
resolutions of July first, nineteen hundred and two, and June twenty-eighth, nineteen htmdred and six, or the Acts of
January twenty-ninth, eighteen hundred and eighty-seven, March third, eighteen hundred and ninety-one, and
February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and ninety-seven. [37 Stat. L. 113.]
See the title PENSIONS, 5 Fed. Stat. Annot. 606.

SEC. 5. [Record of pensions granted — tabulations — increase with advancing age without further application.] That
it shall be the duty of the Commissioner of Pensions, as each application for pension filed under this Act is
adjudicated, to cause to be kept a record showing the name, length of service, and age of each claimant, the
monthly rate of payment granted to or received by him, and the county and State of his residence; and shall at the
end of the fiscal year nineteen hundred and fourteen tabulate the records so obtained by States and counties, and
to furnish certified copies thereof upon demand and payment of such fee therefor as is provided by law for certified
copies of records in the executive departments; and that further increase of rate under this Act on account of
advancing age shall be made without further application by pensioner and shall take effect and commence from the
date he is shown by the aforesaid record to have attained the age provided by this Act as a basis of rating: Provided,
That where a claim has been heretofore adjudicated and the record therein does not sufficiently establish the date of
birth of the soldier or sailor pensioner nothing herein shall prevent such further investigation as is deemed
necessary, in order to establish a record upon which future increases of rate under this Act, on account of advancing
age, may be possible, the object being to advance automatically the rate of pension, as provided for by this Act,
without unnecessary expense to the pensioner. [37 Stat. L. 1019.] This section was amended to read as here
received by him, and the county and State of given by the Act of March 4, 1913, ch. 109. his residence; and shall at
the end of the Originally this section was as follows: fiscal year nineteen hundred and fourteen

SEC. 5. That it shall be the duty of the Commissioner of Pensions as each application for pensions under this act is
adjudicated to cause to be kept a record showing the name and length of service of each claimant, the monthly rate
of payment granted to or received by him, and the county and state of his residence; and shall at the end of the
fiscal year nineteen hundred and fourteen tabulate by the record so furnished by the State and counties and shall
furnish certified copies thereof upon demand and the payment of such fee therefore as is provided by law for
certified copies of records in the executive departments.
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