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Definition of a Veteran


FEDERAL DEFINITION: Under Federal Law a VETERAN is any person who served honorably on active duty in the armed forces of the United States. (Discharges marked GENERAL and UNDER HONORABLE CONDITIONS qualify also).

STATE DEFINITION: Under State Law a VETERAN is any person who served on active duty in the armed forces of the United States for at least 90 days (180 days in the case of the pre-Vietnam Era 2/1/55-8/4/64) under honorable conditions, at least one (1) day of which service took place during a war. (The one day need not have been actually served in a war zone). Duty in the Reserves or National Guard does NOT count. In accordance with M.G.L. c.4, sec.7, cl.43rd as amended by the Acts of 2004, PEACETIME VETERANS who served from 12Nov1918 to 15Sept1940, 1Jan1947 to 24Jun1950, 8May1975 to 1Aug1990, and have 180 days of regular active duty service and a last discharge or release under honorable conditions are entitled to M.G.L. Chapter 115 Financial Aid.