Rep. Howell’s bill part of package to clarify definition of veteran
RELEASE|April 15, 2016

Lawmaker: Changes streamline ability to receive benefits


State Rep. Gary Howell introduced legislation clarifying the legal definition of a military veteran, part of a multi-bill package that will make it easier for veterans to receive benefits they earned while serving their country.

State Rep. Gary Howell, R-North Branch, discusses legislation with state Rep. Paul Muxlow, R-Brown City, during session. Both representatives are military veterans.Rep. Howell, R-North Branch, an Army veteran, said House Bill 5549 was approved this week by the House Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs, along with 20 other bills making similar changes to the definition of a veteran in various state laws. Rep. Howell’s bill removes outdated requirements pertaining to the definition of a veteran.

“There are many references to veterans in Michigan’s laws, and not all of the definitions align with one another or with federal laws,” Rep. Howell said. “This bill and others match Michigan’s definition of a veteran with the federal definition, which streamlines the ability of those who served to receive the benefits to which they are entitled.”

The bipartisan package includes HBs 5332 through 5348 and 5548 through 5551. The bills now go to the full House for consideration.

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