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Definition Of Massachusetts Veteran

M.G.L. ch. 4, sec. 7, cl. 43rd as amended by the Acts of 2004
Effective August 30, 2004

To be a “veteran” under Massachusetts law a person is required to have either:

WAR “Wartime” DATES
WWI 6-Apr-1917 through 11-Nov-1918
(Merchant Marine: one day between
7-Dec-1941 through 31-Dec-1946)
16-Sep-1940 through 31-Dec-1946
Korea 25-Jun-1950 through 31-Jan-1955
Vietnam 5-Aug-1964 through 7-May-1975
Lebanon Campaign* 25-Aug-1982 through (to be determined)
Grenada Campaign* 25-Oct-1983 through 15-Dec-1983
Panama Campaign* 20-Dec-1989 through 31-Jan-1990
Persian Gulf 2-Aug-1990 through (to be determined)

* Naval and Marine DD214 must indicate Expeditionary Medal. All DD214’s must specify campaign: Lebanon, Granada or Panama.

For Guard Members to qualify they must have 180 days and have been activated under Title 10 of the U.S. Code – OR –

Members who were activated under Title 10 or Title 32 of the U.S. Code of Massachusetts General Laws, chapter 33, sections 38, 40 and 41 must have 90 days, at least one of which was during wartime, per the above chart. The Member’s last discharge or release must be under honorable conditions.

Minimum Service Exception (for Death or Disability)

It is not necessary that an applicant have completed the minimum service for wartime or peacetime campaign if he/she served some time in the campaign and was awarded the Purple Heart, or suffered a service-connected disability, or died in the service under honorable conditions.

Training Duty Exception

Active service in the armed forces as used in this clause shall not include active duty for training in the Army or Air National Guard or active duty for training as a Reservist in the Armed Forces of the United States.

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