Johanns Orders Veterans Applications Held

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Veterans who apply for state benefits after July 1 may have their application held, instead of outright rejected.

Gov. Mike Johanns is directing all state agencies that authorize benefits to hold applications by veterans with a general discharge but not an honorable one.

An attorney general's legal opinion issued in March said veterans with a general discharge should not be treated the same as those with an honorable one.

State law allows an honorably discharged veteran to qualify for a number of programs and benefits. Under the new opinion, those with a general discharge would not qualify.

Monday’s directive will keep the door open for some veterans to receive benefits if they have a general discharge.

The Legislature is expected to consider changing the law next year.