A new bill, the Honor America’s Guard-Reserve Act, is seeking to provide better definitions and rights to retired Reserve and National Guard soldiers. While many of these individuals are eligible for veterans’ services such as access to shop on base, military health care, and VA guaranteed home loans, they are not considered veteran status on official documentation.
The legislation will be re-introduced before the House of Representatives this month, marking the third attempt at passing the bill. Both previous attempts died in the Senate due to fears of over-extension of benefits. Supporters of the bill are working to allay those fears and clearly define how veterans status under the bill will not become a cost issue for the Congressional Budget Office.
When Veteran Status Becomes an Issue
Veterans get preferential treatment for a variety of matters, including many employment incentives. Some federal positions may give preference to retired military veterans when looking to hire new employees, but only when they can prove veteran status.
Retired Reserve or National Guard members may not have the DD214 form, the “Certificate of Release of Discharge from Active Duty,” if they had not completed 180 days of active duty status. This form is necessary to claim veterans’ preference points during employment applications for federal jobs.
Make Sure Your Claim is Filed Correctly
Of course, any servicemember who is injured or contracts an illness as a result of events connected to their service may apply for disability benefits through the VA. The veterans’ disability attorneys at the Law Offices of Veterans Help Group can help you submit your veterans’ disability application properly to reduce the risk of errors and omissions that can cause delays or denials. To get started, contact our firm – 1-855-855-8992.