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ACT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2007-2008

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NO. 155.  AN ACT RELATING TO EXPANDED ELIGIBILITY FOR VERMONT VETERANS’ MEDAL.

(H.764)

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  20 V.S.A. § 1545(a) is amended to read:

(a)  The governor may present in the name of the state of Vermont a distinguished service medal, ribbon, lapel button, and certificate to an individual or the individual’s spouse, child, parent, sibling, or grandchild if the individual is deceased, provided the individual meets all the following eligibility criteria:

(1)  Served in a combat theater of operations during a war or emergency as a member of the federal active-duty military, as evidenced by service during any period of war prior to April 6, 1916; foreign service during World War I or World War II; or receipt of federal decorations showing combat-related service since January 1, 1947.

(2)  Received an honorable discharge from the federal active-duty military or died before separating from the federal active-duty military or was declared missing in action by the United States Department of Defense; or is currently a member in good standing in the federal active-duty military with more than four years of service.

(3)  Was Is a current resident of Vermont or was a resident of Vermont at the time of entry into military service or was mobilized to federal active duty while a member of the Vermont National Guard or other reserve unit located in Vermont, regardless of the resident’s home of record.

Sec. 2.  20 V.S.A. § 1546(a) is amended to read:

(a)  The office of veterans’ affairs may present in the name of the state of Vermont a veterans’ medal, ribbon, lapel button, and certificate to an individual or the individual’s spouse, child, parent, sibling, or grandchild if the individual is deceased and the individual meets the following eligibility criteria:

(1)  Completed a minimum two-year tour of federal active military duty, unless discharged for the convenience of the government or retired from a reserve military component, and received an honorable discharge, died before separating from the federal active-duty military, or was declared missing in action by the United States Department of Defense; or the individual is currently on federal active military duty and in good standing with more than four years of service.

(2)  Was Is a current resident of Vermont, a resident of Vermont at the time of entry into military service, or was mobilized to federal active duty while a member of the Vermont National Guard or other reserve unit located in Vermont, regardless of the individual’s home of record.

Approved:  May 20, 2008



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


www.leg.state.vt.us