VA, DOL says criteria for “veteran” includes serving on active duty for six months, not counting annual training
September 4, 2012
(Augusta) – Rep. Paul Gilbert, D-Jay, today stood by his vote against Governor Paul LePage’s nominee for the position on the Board of the Finance Authority of Maine. Gilbert said the position should be filled by someone who meets the criteria outlined by the Veterans Administration and the Department of Labor, both of which require an individual to serve on “active duty for more than 180 days, not including annual training” to receive veterans benefits.
Gilbert also rebuked Gov. LePage’s attack on his vote.
“While I respect Christopher Pierce and his service to the National Guard, I strongly believe this position should be filled by someone who meets the VA’s own criteria for being a veteran. That criterion is six months of active duty not including annual training. Pierce does not meet that criteria.”
Gilbert added, “I’m a proud veteran who served in Panama and at the Army War College. I am a life member of the American Legion and a life member of the AMVETS. I have earned annual awards from the American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans on behalf of my service of putting veterans back to work while working at the Maine Department of Labor. I’d be happy to match record of service with the governor any day.”
Jodi Quintero [Rep. Gilbert], 287-1488, c. 841-6279