A Vietnam veteran himself, Gregory is working to update state laws and benefits to reflect the true service dates of the Vietnam Era

LANSING–Senator Vincent Gregory (D–Southfield) recently introduced legislation, Senate Bill 290, which would make changes to Michigan’s Vietnam Veteran Era Bonus Act to extend the period of service to reflect the accurate dates of the Vietnam Era. This date extension will allow certain service members who were not eligible for the state bonus due to inaccurate service dates listed in current statute to apply for the bonus.

“Serving in Vietnam myself, I know that there are a number of servicemen and women who served in Vietnam after the conflict was considered over, but because of the inaccuracy of service dates in statute, they are currently being denied state benefits and services they are entitled to,” said Senator Gregory. “Our veterans deserve our support, and updating our laws to adequately reflect the dates of the Vietnam Era will go a long way in doing that.”

The bill has significant support from Democrats and Republicans alike, and is currently awaiting consideration in the Senate Committee on Veterans, Military Affairs and Homeland Security.

Senator Gregory is a proud Veteran having joined the Marine Corps in 1968 and attained the rank of Corporal. He admirably served in Vietnam from Thanksgiving Day, 1969 to Thanksgiving Day, 1970. He received an honorable discharge from the Marine Corps in April of 1971. As one of the only veterans currently serving in the Michigan Legislature, he has been a prominent voice for Michigan veterans and their protection and care. Gregory has also sponsored Senate Bill 155, the Hire MI Heroes Act, which would provide Michigan small businesses with a tax credit if they hire an unemployed veteran.