37 USC 411j - Travel and transportation allowances: transportation of family members incident to the repatriation of members held captive

(a) Allowance for Family Members and Certain Others.— 

(1) Under uniform regulations prescribed by the Secretaries concerned, travel and transportation described in subsection (d) may be provided for not more than three family members of a member described in subsection (b).
(2) In addition to the family members authorized to be provided travel and transportation under paragraph (1), the Secretary concerned may provide travel and transportation described in subsection (d) to an attendant to accompany a family member described in that paragraph if the Secretary determines that
(A) the family member to be accompanied is unable to travel unattended because of age, physical condition, or other reason determined by the Secretary; and

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(B) no other family member who is eligible for travel and transportation under paragraph (1) is able to serve as an attendant for the family member.
(3) If no family member of a member described in subsection (b) is able to travel to the repatriation site of the member, travel and transportation described in subsection (d) may be provided to not more than 2 persons related to and selected by the member.
(4) In circumstances determined to be appropriate by the Secretary concerned, the Secretary may waive the limitation on the number of family members of a member provided travel and transportation allowances under this section.
(b) Covered Members.— 
A member described in this subsection is a member of the uniformed services who
(1) is serving on active duty;
(2) was held captive, as determined by the Secretary concerned; and
(3) is repatriated to a site inside or outside the United States.
(c) Eligible Family Members.— 
In this section, the term family member has the meaning given the term in section 411h (b) of this title.
(d) Travel and Transportation Authorized.— 

(1) The transportation authorized by subsection (a) is round-trip transportation between the home of the family member (or home of the attendant or person provided transportation under paragraph (2) or (3) of subsection (a), as the case may be) and the location of the repatriation site at which the member is located.

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(2) In addition to the transportation authorized by subsection (a), the Secretary concerned may provide a per diem allowance or reimbursement for the actual and necessary expenses of the travel, or a combination thereof, but not to exceed the rates established for such allowances and expenses under section 404 (d) of this title.
(3) The transportation authorized by subsection (a) may be provided by any of the means described in section 411h (d)(1) of this title.
(4) An allowance under this subsection may be paid in advance.
(5) Reimbursement payable under this subsection may not exceed the cost of Government-procured round-trip air travel.