Michigan now has a standardized military veteran definition for benefit programs after Gov. Rick Snyder recently signed a 21-bill legislative package into law, including a bill sponsored by Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland.
Glenn’s House Bill 5335, now Public Act 202 of 2016, updates the Korean Veterans Military Pay Fund law to clarify the definition of an eligible veteran. Other measures in the package enact the same definition of a veteran throughout all Michigan laws using the version in federal law.
“Over the years a patchwork of definitions were introduced in the various military benefit laws for veterans in Michigan, leading to confusion and delays when people applied for the benefits they had earned,” said Glenn, a member of the House Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs who served eight years in the U.S. Army Reserves and Army National Guard. “These bills help simplify and streamline the process because everyone will now be working from the same page and set of answers.”
The state’s updated definition based on federal 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.”