Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to immediately make eligible for certain veterans' benefits certain persons who performed wartime service with the Lebanese peace keeping force and the Grenada rescue mission, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. Clause Forty-third of section 7 of chapter 4 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 1984 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the second paragraph and inserting in place thereof the following paragraph:-
"Wartime service" shall mean service performed by a "Spanish War veteran", a "World War I veteran", a "World War II veteran", a "Korean veteran", a "Vietnam veteran", a "Lebanese peace keeping force veteran", a "Grenada rescue mission veteran", or a member of the "WAAC" as defined in this clause during any of the periods of time described herein or for which such medals described below are awarded.
SECTION 2. Said clause Forty-third of said section 7 of said chapter 4 is hereby further amended by inserting after the eighth paragraph, as so appearing, the following two definitions:-
"Lebanese peace keeping force veteran" shall mean any person who performed such wartime service and received a campaign medal for such service during the period commencing August twenty-fifth, nineteen hundred and eighty-two and ending when the President of the United States shall have withdrawn armed forces from the country of Lebanon.
"Grenada rescue mission veteran" shall mean any person who performed such wartime service and received a campaign medal for such service during the period commencing October twenty-fifth, nineteen hundred and eighty-three to December fifteenth, nineteen hundred and eighty-three, inclusive.