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Heitkamp Says Give Guard and Reserve Retirees "Veteran" Status

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One would assume after 20 years, a person qualifies as a "veteran."  However, that's necessarily so, when it comes to National Guard and Reserve service.

Senate Bill 629 -- also known as the Honor America's Guard-Reserve Retirees Act of 2013 -- seeks to change that.  The Bill would authorize Veteran status for members of the National Guard and Reserve who were never called to active Federal service during their careers through no fault of their own.  Supporters say after 20 years, these members should be able to stand and salute as a Veteran.

Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) agrees.  "You know, that doesn't cost the country anything and it's a way of saying 'thank you' to those National Guardsmen and women who honestly, have carried a huge burden, especially in this latest round of wars that we've been fighting, the War on Terror."

The Bill was introduced in March.  The last action taken was June 12th, when the Committee on Veterans' Affairs held hearings.

 

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