In all examinations and appointments under this chapter, other than promotions and appointments of chief of the police department and chief of the fire department, honorably discharged veterans from the military or naval forces of the United States in any war in which the United States has been engaged, including the Korean Conflict at any time between June 25, 1950, and January 31, 1955, both dates inclusive, the Vietnam Conflict beginning August 5, 1964, and ending May 7, 1975, both dates inclusive, and the Persian Gulf Conflict beginning August 2, 1990, and ending on the date specified by the president or the Congress of the United States as the date of permanent cessation of hostilities, both dates inclusive, and who are citizens and residents of this state, shall have five points added to the veteran's grade or score attained in qualifying examinations for appointment to positions and five additional points added to the grade or score if the veteran has a service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability benefits or pension under laws administered by the veterans administration. However, if the Congress of the United States enacts a date different from August 2, 1990, as the beginning of the Persian Gulf Conflict to determine the eligibility of a veteran for military benefits as a veteran of the Persian Gulf Conflict, the date enacted by the Congress of the United States shall be substituted for August 2, 1990. An honorably discharged veteran who has been awarded the Purple Heart for disabilities incurred in action shall be considered to have a service- connected disability. However, the points shall be given only upon passing the exam and shall not be the determining factor in passing.
For the purposes of this section World War II shall be from December 7, 1941, to December 31, 1946, both dates inclusive.
[SS15, § 1056-a32; C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, § 5697; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, § 365.10; C75, 77, 79, 81, § 400.10]
85 Acts, ch 50, §2; 92 Acts, ch 1238, §36
Referred to in § 35C.1
Veterans preference law, chapter 35C
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