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                                 SENATE BILL 5414



State of Washington              52nd Legislature             1991 Regular Session


By Senators Vognild, Bauer, Oke and Conner.


Read first time January 31, 1991.  Referred to Committee on Ways & Means.Redefining veteran for military service credit.

     AN ACT Relating to military service credit; and amending RCW 41.40.170.




     Sec. 1.  RCW 41.40.170 and 1981 c 294 s 12 are each amended to read as follows:

     (1) A member who has served or shall serve on active federal service in the military or naval forces of the United States and who left or shall leave an employer to enter such service shall be deemed to be on military leave of absence if ((he)) the member has resumed or shall resume employment as an employee within one year from termination thereof.

     (2) If ((he)) a member has applied or shall apply for reinstatement of employment, within one year from termination of the military service, and is refused employment for reasons beyond his or her control, ((he)) the member shall, upon resumption of service within ten years have such service credited to him or her.

     (3) In any event, after completing twenty-five years of creditable service, any member may have his or her service in the armed forces credited to him or her as a member whether or not ((he)) the member left the employ of an employer to enter such armed service((:  PROVIDED, That)).  In no instance, described in subsections (1), (2), and (3) of this section, shall military service in excess of five years be credited((:  AND PROVIDED FURTHER, That)).  In each instance the member must restore all withdrawn accumulated contributions, which restoration must be completed within five years of membership service following his or her first resumption of employment or complete twenty-five years of creditable service((:  AND PROVIDED FURTHER, That)).  This section will not apply to any individual, not a veteran within the meaning of ((RCW 41.04.005, as now or hereafter amended:  AND PROVIDED FURTHER, That)) subsection (4) of this section.  In no instance, described in subsections (1), (2), and (3) of this section, shall military service be credited to any member who is receiving full military retirement benefits pursuant to Title 10 United States Code.

     (4) For the purposes of this section, "veteran" means any person who has one or more years of active military service in any branch of the armed forces of the United States or who has less than one year's service and is discharged with a disability incurred in the line of duty or is discharged at the convenience of the government and who, upon termination of such service, has received an honorable discharge, a discharge for physical reasons with an honorable record, or a release from active military service with evidence of service other than that for which an undesirable, bad conduct, or dishonorable discharge shall be given.