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Who Is A “Veteran”?

To qualify for this exemption, you must either be a disabled “veteran” or a surviving spouse/partner of a “veteran.” A “veteran” is a U.S. citizen who has been a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and was discharged or released under honorable conditions. The veteran must also meet one of the following:

• Served at least 91 consecutive days beginning on or before January 31, 1955.

• Served at least 179 consecutive days beginning after January 31, 1955.

• Served for 178 days or less and was discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions because of a service-connected disability.

• Served for 178 days or less and has a disability rating from the United Stated Department of Veterans Affairs.

• Served for at least one day in a combat zone.

• Received a combat or campaign ribbon or an expeditionary medal for service in the Armed Forces of the United States.

• Is receiving a nonservice-connected pension from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

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