On Friday, May 28th 2004 the Peacetime Veteran Bill S. 822 was signed into law by Governor Romney. This legislation recognizes the contributions of peacetime military veterans by making them eligible for the same state benefits as those who served during periods of war.
Approximately 54,000 Massachusetts veterans, primarily those who served between the Vietnam and Persian Gulf Wars will now be eligible for the Commonwealth's unique public financial assistance program, state-sponsored-sponsored housing, employment and education benefits, eligibility for the two Soldiers' Homes, as well as real estate, auto excise and sales tax abatements. The benefits are expected to cost the Commonwealth $350,000 per year.
Under the bill veteran status is extended to peacetime veterans with 180 days of active duty who were honorably discharged from the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force or Coast Guard.
Also recognized are: