Veteran shall mean (1) any person (a) whose last discharge or release from his/her wartime service as defined herein, was under honorable conditions and who (b) served in the army, navy, marine corps, coast guard, or air force of the United States, or on full time national guard duty for not less than 90 days active service, at least 1 day of which was for wartime service; provided, however, that any person who so served in wartime and was awarded a service-connected disability or a Purple Heart, or who died in such service under conditions other than dishonorable, shall be deemed to be a veteran notwithstanding his/her failure to complete 90 days of active service; (2) a member of the American Merchant Marine who served in armed conflict between December 7, 1941 and December 31, 1946, and who has received honorable discharges from the United States Coast Guard, Army, or Navy; (3) any person (a) whose last discharge from active service was under honorable conditions, and who (b) served in the army, navy, marine corps, coast guard, or air force of the United States for not less than 180 days active service; provided, however, that any person who so served and was awarded a service-connected disability or who died in such service under conditions other than dishonorable, shall be deemed to be a veteran notwithstanding his failure to complete 180 days of active service.
In state housing only, you may apply for veteran preference if you are a veteran, the spouse, surviving spouse, dependent parent or child, or divorced spouse with a dependent child of a veteran.
Massachusetts lawmakers made recent changes to state law regarding veterans in state-aided public housing in the areas of tenant selection and certain rent calculations. The new law makes the same veteran’s preference that is currently used in the state public family housing program available to applicants for state public elderly/handicapped housing program. This means that applicants for state elderly/handicapped housing will no longer have to reside in the community in order to receive a veteran’s preference in tenant selection.