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UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION CHANGES BENEFIT FORMER MILITARY PERSONNEL

 UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION CHANGES BENEFIT FORMER MILITARY PERSONNEL
 HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Labor and Industry Secretary Tom Foley today said that, as a result of recently enacted federal legislation, former military personnel are entitled to the same benefits as other unemployed workers in Pennsylvania.
 In Pennsylvania, unemployed workers can collect up to 26 weeks of regular unemployment benefits and an additional 13 weeks of federally funded extended benefits. Ex-service members now also are eligible to receive benefits after one week of unemployment.
 The legislation, part of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act enacted last month by the U.S. Congress, repeals the 13-week benefit limit, the four-week waiting period, and decreases the length of time in continuous active duty in reserve status from 180 days to 90.
 The reduction of the active duty time requirement may help some veterans who were on active duty in the National Guard or Reserves during Desert Storm to qualify for benefits.
 The department is presently contacting former military personnel who previously filed claims after Nov. 24, 1990, and now may qualify for increased regular or extended benefits.
 Ex-service members who became unemployed after that date may also be affected by the changes and are urged to contact their nearest Job Center.
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 /CONTACT: James M. Hillegass of the Department of Labor & Industry, 717-787-7530/ CO: Department of Labor & Industry ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU:


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