Governor signs bill package to create consistency for veterans

first_img Categories: Maturen News 22Jun Governor signs bill package to create consistency for veterans Rep. Maturen: State programs now have uniform definition of a veteranGov. Rick Snyder today signed into law a 21-bill package standardizing who qualifies as a veteran under state law.“The state has a number of laws that concern veterans and, until now, each one offered a differing definition for who was considered a veteran,” said Rep. David Maturen, R-Brady Township, who sponsored a piece of the legislation. “These amendments clarify who qualifies, eliminating the confusion veterans and their families faced in the past.”House Bills 5332-5348 and HBs 5548-5551 create a standard definition of the term “veteran” that is also consistent with the federal definition. The updated wording is “an individual who served in the United States armed forces, including the reserve components, and was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.”HB 5333, introduced by Rep. Maturen, who is a U.S Army veteran, amends the Veterans’ Military Pay Act to refer back to the new, clarified definition.The bills are now Public Acts 199-219 of 2016.#####last_img

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