Definition of Qualifying Veteran

The federal Vietnam Era Veteran’s Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended by the Jobs for Veterans Act of 2002, identifies the following classifications of veterans:

  1. A “disabled veteran” is one of the following:
    • A veteran of the U.S. military, ground, naval or air force who is entitled to compensation (or who but for the receipt of military retired pay would be entitled to compensation) under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs; or
    • A person who was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability.
  2. A “recently separated veteran” means any veteran during the three-year period beginning on the date of such veteran’s discharge or release from active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval, or air service.
  3. An “active duty wartime or campaign badge veteran” means a veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service during a war, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized under the laws administered by the Department of Defense.
  4. An “Armed Forces service medal veteran” means a veteran who, while serving on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service, participated in a United States military operation for which an Armed Forces service medal was awarded pursuant to Executive Order 12985.

The Oregon Revised Statutes Chapter 408, as amended in 2014, defines “qualifying veterans or disabled veterans” to include:

  1. Any protected veteran identified under federal law (as described above) AND
  2. Any other person who was honorably discharged from the armed forces of the United States under the following conditions:
    • After serving active duty for a period of more than 90 consecutive days beginning on or before 1/31/1955, or
    • After serving active duty for a period of more than 178 consecutive day beginning after 1/1/1955, or
    • After serving active duty for at least one day in a combat zone, and now receive a non-service connected pension from the US Department of Veterans Affairs