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Guard Veteran Status Bill Clears a Hurdle

May 2, 2013

Legislation to grant full Veteran status to Guard and Reserve members who served at least 20 years but have not been called up for active duty recently cleared its first hurdle in the House. Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN) introduced H.R. 679 in January to honor Reserve component members who by the letter of the law do not meet the definition of a “Veteran.”  For those who may be unaware, Title 38 of the US code (Veteran’s Benefits) excludes career reservists from the definition of “Veteran” if they have not served on Title 10 (active duty) for other than training purposes.

Update from the blog of John R. “Doc” McCauslin, CMSgt (Ret) Chief Executive Officer, Air Force Sergeants Association, 301.899.3500.  Information shared by CMSgt Nolan Kanekuni.

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