Please contact your Member of Congress and request support for S. 1203, the 21st Century Veterans Benefits Delivery Act. Specifically, Sec. 701. of the bill will grant honorary veteran status to certain persons who performed service in the reserve components of the Armed Forces.
Members of the National Guard perform an invaluable role as citizen-soldiers and are an important component of our overall force structure. They support the active duty component by responding in times of national emergency, stand ready to be called to active duty service and to deploy to overseas missions in times of need. They also answer the call to serve when natural disasters and states of emergency happen here at home. However, if a Guardsman never serves a qualifying period of 180 continuous days of active duty service, they are not considered veterans under Title 38 of Federal law.
Providing honorary veteran status to Guardsmen who served twenty years in uniform, without 180 continuous days of active duty service, will have no budgetary impact. Please contact your Member of Congress and urge them to support this bill.
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