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Veteran Definition Updated

With the passage of Senate Bill 145 the Alaska Statute defining what qualifies as a veteran for potential State of Alaska preference has been updated. The updated definition reads (updated section in bold):

(A) Veteran is defined in Alaska Statute as:
(1) A person with 181 days or more active service in the armed forces of the United States who has been honorably discharged after having served during any period:
(a) between April 6, 1917 and December 1, 1919, between September 16, 1940 and December 31, 1947, or between June 27, 1950 and October 14, 1976, between August 2, 1990, and January 2, 1992, beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on the day prescribed by Presidential proclamation or by law as the last date of Operation Iraqi Freedom, or during any time period listed in 5 U.S.C. 2108(1); or
(b) in which the person was awarded a campaign badge, expedition medal, the Purple Heart, or an award or decoration for heroism or gallantry in action.
(2) who served 181 days or more in the Alaska Territorial Guard.

(B) Member of the National Guard means a person who is presently serving as a member of the Alaska National Guard and who has at least eight years of service in the Alaska National Guard.

If you have applied for a job before 8:00 am on August 19th that has not yet closed and you think you qualify under the updated definition of a Veteran please contact the Workplace Alaska Hotline and we can assist with getting your application updated. If you have any questions about this update please contact the Workplace Alaska Hotline toll free at 1(800)587-0430 or (907)465-4095 if you are in the Juneau area.


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