New legislation brings clarity to the state definition of veteran
State Rep. Laura Cox, R-Livonia, today took part in a bill-signing ceremony with Gov. Rick Snyder in honor of legislation she sponsored to create an official state definition of the term “veteran” to bring more consistency and clarity to state laws.
“The Michigan definition of ‘veteran’ conflicted with the federal definition and varied between different state laws,” said Rep. Cox. “Some people may have been considered a veteran by the federal government but not by some of Michigan’s statutes.”
Rep. Cox said the new definition mirrors the federal definition and is more inclusive to respect the many different ways in which veterans serve.
Under this legislation, a veteran will be defined as “an individual who served in the United States armed forces, including the reserve components, and was discharged under condition other than dishonorable.”
The bill, which was officially signed into law in June, is now Public Act 204.
For questions regarding this legislation, Rep. Cox encourages residents to contact her office at (517) 373-3920 or send an email to LauraCox@house.mi.gov.