First District Representative Tim Walz says his bill, which gives military retirees the honor they deserve, has passed the House of Representatives as part of a larger bill.
Walz's legislation grants full veteran status to members of the guard and reserve components who have served at least 20 years, but have not been called up for active duty.
Despite spending two decades serving our nation and standing ready to be deployed at a moment's notice to anywhere in the world in defense of freedom, under current law these men and women cannot legally call themselves veterans.
The House passed Walz's legislation last Congress only to see it blocked in the Senate due to unwarranted concerns about cost.
The Congressional Budget Office scored the bill as "cost neutral" and military retirees who would fall under the bill's jurisdiction would receive no extra benefits besides being legally recognized as veterans for their two or more decades of service to our country.