29 Dec '16, 6pm

ICYMI: #NationalGuard and Reserve members receive ‘Veteran’ status: https://t.co/IVVYVQDfpO

ICYMI: #NationalGuard and Reserve members receive ‘Veteran’ status: https://t.co/IVVYVQDfpO

ARLINGTON, Va. – A recently signed law gives official veteran status to National Guard members who served 20 years or more. Previously, Guard members were considered veterans only if they served 180 days or more in a federal status outside of training. "As long as you were deployed on active duty for at least 180 days and you didn't get a dishonorable discharge or a bad conduct discharge coming off those orders, then you could be considered a veteran," said Army Sgt. Maj. Matthew Krenz, a legislative liaison at the National Guard Bureau who provided background information to Congressional members working on the bill. Prior to the new law's passage, even if Guard members served for 20 years or longer they were not deemed veterans unless they served on active duty. That included those serving in an Active Guard and Reserve status. "They could have served 20 years as [AGR] bu...

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