TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the retirement and social security law,
in relation to permitting the purchase of military service rendered in
the Iranian hostage crisis
PURPOSE: To permit the purchase of military service credit during mili-
tary service rendered in the Iranian hostage crisis.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1: The inclusion of section 'e' within subdivision 2, section
1000 of the Retirement and Social Security law, added by Chapter 548 of
the laws of 2000, allowing for those military forces of the United
States who participated in hostilities during the period November 4,
1979 until January 20, 1981, to be eligible for a maximum of three years
of retirement credit for military service performed during the Iranian
Section 2: Effective date of bill.
EXISTING LAW: Chapter 548 of the laws of 2000 fails to recognize and
give due diligence to the military forces who served in hostilities
during the period November 4, 1979 until January 20, 1981, also known as
the "Iranian Hostage Crisis." periods previously identified in this
*December 7, 1941 - December 31, 1946 (World War II);
*June 27, 1950 - January 31, 1955 (Korean War);
*February 28, 1961 - May 7, 1975 (Vietnam War);
*June 1, 1983 - December 1, 1987 (Lebanon);
*October 23, 1983 - November 21, 1983 (Grenada);
*December 20, 1989 - January 31, 1990 (Panama);
*August 2, 1990 to the end of hostilities in Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia,
Bahrain, Qatar, the united Arab Emirates, Oman, the Gulf of Aden, the
Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf, the Red Sea, and the airspace above
JUSTIFICATION: A series of events which rallied countless number of
Iranians against a government that distributed uneven distribution of
wealth and a westernizing influence of the United States led to the
hostage and imprisonment of 66 Americans by Iranian student unions at
both the U.S. Embassy in Teheran, Iran and the Iranian Foreign Ministry
on November 4, 1979. Over the course of 444 days, a total of 52 hostages
were kept captive after the release of several women and African-Ameri-
cans by the Iranian student unions. During this time, the hostages were
paraded in front of television cameras, often blindfolded or hooded, and
a failed military mission coded-named "Operation Eagle Claw" led to the
deaths of eight U.S. Military personnel, fueling further discontent.
With the inauguration of President Ronald Reagan on January 20, 1981,
the ordeal cease to exist.
Reflecting back on a tough time for U.S. Military personnel to aid and
bring home our hostages safe and soundly, this class/period in history
should be rightly classified and grouped with other defined periods as
specified within Chapter 548 of the laws of 2000. It was a contentious
time for our military which called for strategic plans to both protect
and ensure the lives of our hostages. For the efforts of the U.S. Mili-
tary, they should be honored and given the privilege to buy back mili-
tary service credit if they so choose.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: S. 5913 - Referred to Civil Service and
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Shall take effect immediately.