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UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS EXTENDED FOR FORMER MILITARY

 UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS EXTENDED FOR FORMER MILITARY
 OLYMPIA, Wash., Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Up to 6,000 unemployed


former members of the armed forces in Washington state may be unaware that they might now qualify for unemployment benefits, Employment Security Commissioner Vernon Stoner said today.
 "The change came as part of the recent extension of benefits for all unemployed workers, but few people know that the bill also changed the rules to make the system more fair for veterans," Stoner said.
 Some of the former military personnel may have tried to receive benefits and been denied under the old rules. Others may have never realized they could collect.
 "We need to reach these people, and do it now," Stoner said. "They served the nation, and they deserve to enter this holiday season knowing they will be treated as well as other unemployed Americans."
 The new federal law gives former service people the same benefits as other unemployed workers. The maximum number of weeks of benefits has been extended from 13 to 30 weeks. Former Desert Shield and Desert Storm Reservists now need only 90 days of active duty to qualify. Previously they had been required to have served 180 days. Any former member of the armed forces who might be eligible should contact the nearest Job Service Center.
 The new law also reduces the waiting period for former service members from four weeks to one.
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 /CONTACT: Michael Wilson or John Welsh of the Washington State Employment Security Department, 206-753-5216/ CO: Washington State Employment Security Department ST: Washington IN: SU:


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