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JOBLESS BENEFITS CHANGED FOR EX-MILITARY PERSONNEL

 JOBLESS BENEFITS CHANGED FOR EX-MILITARY PERSONNEL
 DETROIT, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Ex-military personnel will now


qualify for the same jobless benefits as their civilian counterparts following recent changes to their federal jobless benefit program.
 F. Robert Edwards, director of the Michigan Employment Security Commission (MESC), said that changes enacted by Congress and approved by the administration make major changes to the federal Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Service Personnel (UCX) program.
 Until now, ex-military members had to serve a four-week waiting period before they could file a claim for unemployment benefits after leaving the service. In addition, they were limited, at most, to only 13 weeks of benefits.
 "For ex-service personnel filing jobless benefit claims in Michigan, the changes will mean no waiting period to file a claim and up to 26 weeks of unemployment benefits," Edwards said.
 A third major change allows reservists to qualify for benefits if they have at least 90 days of continuous active service, instead of the previously required 180 days.
 MESC is now reviewing those UCX claims filed since Nov. 25, 1990, that were denied because the reservist lacked the 180 days of active service. If the reservists have at least 90 days of continuous active service and meet state eligibility requirements, MESC will redetermine their claims and notify them.
 "Reservists who did not file claims for unemployment benefits because they had less than 180 days of service but more than 90 days and thought they would not qualify, should now file as soon as possible," Edwards advised. "With the change in the number of required continuous active service days, they may qualify for some benefits."
 In a related action, President Bush recently approved a change in the definition of "veteran." Prior to the change, a veteran of the armed services, National Guard or reserves had to have 180 days of active duty to qualify for veteran's employment and training assistance.
 Under the change, veterans qualify for assistance if they:
 1. served on active duty for more than 180 days and did not have a dishonorable discharge; or
 2. were discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability; or
 3. served on active duty as reservists in a reserve component during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge was authorized and were discharged or released from such duty with other than a dishonorable discharge.
 "These changes were made primarily to cover the men and women who served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm," Edwards said.
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 /CONTACT: Norman Isotalo of MESC, 313-876-5488/ CO: Michigan Employment Security Commission ST: Michigan IN: SU:


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