364. Persons who may receive annuity. 1. a. The word "veteran," as used in this article shall be taken to mean and include any person who is a resident of the state of New York, and who has been or may be given an honorable, general or ordinary discharge or any other form of release from such service, except a dishonorable discharge, a bad conduct discharge, an undesirable discharge, a discharge without honor or a discharge for the good of the service, and who (i) was a recipient of the armed forces expeditionary medal, the navy expeditionary medal or the marine corps expeditionary medal for participation in operations in Lebanon from June first, nineteen hundred eighty-three to December first, nineteen hundred eighty-seven, in Grenada from October twenty-third, nineteen hundred eighty-three to November twenty-first, nineteen hundred eighty-three, or in Panama from December twentieth, nineteen hundred eighty-nine to January thirty-first, nineteen hundred ninety, or (ii) served on active duty for ninety days or more in the armed forces of the United States during any one of the following wars or hostilities:
(1) in the Spanish-American war from the twenty-first day of April, eighteen hundred ninety-eight to the eleventh day of April, eighteen hundred ninety-nine, inclusive;
(2) in the Philippine insurrection or the China relief expedition from the eleventh day of April, eighteen hundred ninety-nine to the fourth day of July, nineteen hundred two, inclusive;
(3) in the Mexican border campaign from the ninth day of May, nineteen hundred sixteen, to the fifth day of April, nineteen hundred seventeen, inclusive;
(4) in world war I from the sixth day of April, nineteen hundred seventeen to the eleventh day of November, nineteen hundred eighteen, inclusive;
(5) in world war II from the seventh day of December, nineteen hundred forty-one to the thirty-first day of December, nineteen hundred forty-six, inclusive, or who was employed by the War Shipping Administration or Office of Defense Transportation or their agents as a merchant seaman documented by the United States Coast Guard or Department of Commerce, or as a civil servant employed by the United States Army Transport Service (later redesignated as the United States Army Transportation Corps, Water Division) or the Naval Transportation Service; and who served satisfactorily as a crew member during the period of armed conflict, December seventh, nineteen hundred forty-one, to August fifteenth, nineteen hundred forty-five, aboard merchant vessels in oceangoing, i.e., foreign, intercoastal, or coastwise service as such terms are defined under federal law (46 USCA 10301 & 10501) and further to include "near foreign" voyages between the United States and Canada, Mexico, or the West Indies via ocean routes, or public vessels in oceangoing service or foreign waters and who has received a Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and a discharge certificate, or an Honorable Service Certificate/Report of Casualty, from the Department of Defense, or who served as a United States civilian employed by the American Field Service and served overseas under United States Armies and United States Army Groups in world war II during the period of armed conflict, December seventh, nineteen hundred forty-one through May eighth, nineteen hundred forty-five, and who was discharged or released therefrom under honorable conditions, or who served as a United States civilian Flight Crew and Aviation Ground Support Employee of Pan American World Airways or one of its subsidiaries or its affiliates and served overseas as a result of Pan American's contract with Air Transport Command or Naval Air Transport Service during the period of armed conflict, December fourteenth, nineteen hundred forty-one through August fourteenth, nineteen hundred forty-five, and who was discharged or released therefrom under honorable conditions;
(6) in the Korean hostilities from the twenty-seventh day of June, nineteen hundred fifty to the thirty-first day of January, nineteen hundred fifty-five, inclusive;
(7) in the Vietnam conflict from the twenty-eighth day of February, nineteen hundred sixty-one to the seventh day of May, nineteen hundred seventy-five;
(8) in the Persian Gulf conflict from the second day of August, nineteen hundred ninety to the end of such conflict.
b. The word "veteran" shall also mean any person who meets the other requirements of paragraph a of this subdivision, who served on active duty for less than ninety days, if he or she was discharged or released from such service for a service-connected disability or who served for a period of ninety consecutive days or more and such period began or ended during any war or period of hostilities as defined in paragraph a of this subdivision.
c. The term "active duty" as used in this article shall mean full time duty in the armed forces, other than active duty for training; provided, however, that "active duty" shall also include any period of active duty for training during which the individual concerned was disabled or died from a disease or injury incurred or aggravated during such period.
2. No annuity shall be paid under this article to or for a person who is in prison in a federal, state or local penal institution as a result of conviction of a felony or misdemeanor for any part of the period beginning sixty-one days after his or her imprisonment begins and ending when his or her imprisonment ends.
3. Where any veteran is disqualified for the annuity for any period solely by reason of the provisions of subdivision two of this section, the director of veterans' affairs shall pay to his wife, if any, the annuity which such veteran would receive for that period but for said subdivision two.
4. In case an unmarried, divorced or widowed veteran or a widow of a deceased annuitant is being furnished hospital treatment, institutional or domiciliary care by the United States or the state, the annuity payable under this article to such veteran or widow may be discontinued after the first day of the seventh calendar month following the month of admission of such veteran or widow for treatment or care. Payment of such annuity shall be resumed if such veteran or widow is discharged from the hospital, institution or home, or if his or her treatment or care therein is otherwise terminated.
5. Where payment of the annuity as hereinbefore authorized is to be made to a mentally incompetent person or a conservatee, such payment may be authorized by the director of veterans' affairs of the state to be paid only to a duly qualified court-appointed committee or conservator, legally vested with the care of such incompetent's person or property or of such conservatee's property, except that in the case of an incompetent annuitant for whom a committee has not been appointed or a person under a substantial impairment within the meaning of the conservatorship provisions of article seventy-seven of the mental hygiene law for whom a conservator has not been appointed and who is hospitalized in a United States veterans' administration hospital or in a hospital under the jurisdiction of the state of New York, the director of veterans' affairs of the state may in his discretion certify payment of the annuity, as hereinbefore authorized, to the manager of such veterans' administration hospital or to the director of such state hospital for the account of the said incompetent or substantially impaired annuitant.
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