How can Washington state justify discriminating against thousands of military retirees?
RCW 41.06.133 states, “Military personnel who voluntarily retire after 20 or more active duty years or who receive a pension of $500 or more are not considered veterans.”
This past legislative session I presented this case to state Sen. Mike Carrell and state Rep. Troy Kelley. They agreed, and consulted with the Joint Veterans/Military Affairs and Department of Personnel, which agreed.
The RCW was revised and presented to the 2010 Legislature, but unfortunately it was not important enough to be heard due to the short legislative session.
Many of us have served numerous war tours, Vietnam, Korea, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom. We bring to this state years of leadership and honor, but 10 minutes could not be afforded to be called a veteran in this state.