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An individual discharged from any branch of the armed forces of the United States may record, without payment of any fee, that individual's discharge from the armed forces, a certificate issued in lieu of the discharge, duly authenticated and certified copies of the discharge or certificate, or duly certified records of that individual's service and discharge from the armed forces in the office of the recorder of the county in which that individual resides, unless the board of county commissioners designates a different official. Any discharge document recorded by the recorder, or designated official, may be made available only to the following persons: the veteran, the parents, the veteran's next of kin, the veteran's legal representative, a county veterans' service officer, a veterans' organization service officer, the department of veterans' affairs, or a designee of the veteran.

If a recorder, or designated official, has recorded discharge papers without charging the recording fees provided by law, the recording is declared legalized. In no such case may the recorder, or designated official, be held responsible in cases in which filing fees have not been collected.

If a recorder, or designated official, has recorded discharge papers without charging the recording fees provided by law, the recording is declared legalized. In no such case may the recorder, or designated official, be held responsible in cases in which filing fees have not been collected.

If a copy of any public record is required by any veteran or a veteran's guardian, dependent, or representative in connection with an application for benefits made available by federal or state laws, the official charged with the custody of such public record, without charge, shall provide a certified copy of such record upon request. This section is subject to the restrictions provided for in section 37-01-34.

If a copy of any public record is required by any veteran or a veteran's guardian, dependent, or representative in connection with an application for benefits made available by federal or state laws, the official charged with the custody of such public record, without charge, shall provide a certified copy of such record upon request. This section is subject to the restrictions provided for in section 37-01-34.

The disability of minority of any person otherwise eligible for guaranty or insurance of a loan pursuant to the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944 [Pub. L. 78-346; 58 Stat. 284], as amended, and of the minor spouse of any eligible veteran irrespective of the person's age, in connection with any transaction entered into pursuant to said Act as amended, is hereby removed, for all purposes in connection with such transaction including, but not limited to, incurring of indebtedness or obligations and acquiring, encumbering, selling, releasing, or conveying property, or any interest therein, and litigating or settling controversies arising therefrom, if all or part of any obligations incident to such transaction be guaranteed or insured by the administrator of veterans' affairs pursuant to such Act. This section may not be construed to impose any other or greater right or liabilities than would exist if such person and such spouse were under no such disability.
All income, collections, and reimbursements of the North Dakota national guard from the United States and from armory rentals must be deposited in the state treasury and credited to a national guard operating fund. The state treasurer, upon order of the director of the office of management and budget, shall make semiannual transfers from the general fund appropriation for the maintenance of the national guard to the national guard operating fund.
All expenditures of funds for the maintenance and operation of the national guard and the office of the adjutant general must be made upon vouchers signed and approved by the adjutant general or such other officer or official as may be designated by the adjutant general. Upon approval of such vouchers by the office of the budget, warrant-checks must be prepared by the office of management and budget for signature by the state auditor and state treasurer in accordance with such approved vouchers.
Each unit of the North Dakota national guard, upon approval of the adjutant general, is authorized to maintain a nonreverting unit fund for purposes as prescribed by federal law and regulations relating to unit funds of the federal military forces and to pay petty operating, equipment, and supply costs incurred by the individual units. All funds transferred by the adjutant general to the unit fund must be deposited in the unit fund and are hereby appropriated for the maintenance and operation of the unit funds. Unit funds may be expended upon authorization of the unit fund custodian designated by the adjutant general under guidelines established by the adjutant general.
1. A "veteran" is an individual who has served on continuous federalized active military duty for one hundred eighty days or the full period for which the individual was called or ordered to active military duty for reasons other than training, and who was discharged or released under other than dishonorable conditions. A discharge reflecting "expiration of term of service" or "completion of required service" or words to that effect qualifies the shorter term of service as making the individual a veteran.
 
2. A "wartime veteran" is an individual who served in the active military forces, during a period of armed conflict or who received the armed forces expeditionary or other campaign service medal during an emergency condition and who was discharged or released under other than dishonorable conditions. "Wartime veteran" also includes an individual who died in the line of duty in the active military forces, as determined by the armed forces.
 
3. Period of service dates for a wartime veteran begins with the date of any declaration of war by the Congress of the United States or presidential proclamation beginning hostilities or the beginning of an emergency condition recognized by the issuance of a presidential proclamation or a presidential executive order and in which the armed forces expeditionary medal or other campaign service medals are awarded according to presidential executive order and ending on a date prescribed by presidential proclamation or concurrent resolution of the Congress of the United States and dates determined by the United States department of defense.
 
4. Current uniform period of service dates for periods of armed conflict include:
 
a. The period beginning December 7, 1941, through December 31, 1946, known as world war II;
b. The period beginning June 27, 1950, through January 31, 1955, known as the Korean war;
c. The period beginning August 5, 1964, through May 7, 1975, known as the Vietnam war;
d. The period beginning August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992, known as the gulf war; and
e. The period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on a date prescribed by presidential proclamation or by Congress as the last day of operation Iraqi freedom or operation enduring freedom, whichever occurs later.
 
5. The department of veterans' affairs shall maintain a list of all period of service dates for emergency conditions in which the armed forces expeditionary medal has been awarded.

1. A "veteran" is an individual who has served on continuous federalized active military duty for one hundred eighty days or the full period for which the individual was called or ordered to active military duty for reasons other than training, and who was discharged or released under other than dishonorable conditions. A discharge reflecting "expiration of term of service" or "completion of required service" or words to that effect qualifies the shorter term of service as making the individual a veteran.

2. A "wartime veteran" is an individual who served in the active military forces, during a period of armed conflict or who received the armed forces expeditionary or other campaign service medal during an emergency condition and who was discharged or released under other than dishonorable conditions. "Wartime veteran" also includes an individual who died in the line of duty in the active military forces, as determined by the armed forces.

3. Period of service dates for a wartime veteran begins with the date of any declaration of war by the Congress of the United States or presidential proclamation beginning hostilities or the beginning of an emergency condition recognized by the issuance of a presidential proclamation or a presidential executive order and in which the armed forces expeditionary medal or other campaign service medals are awarded according to presidential executive order and ending on a date prescribed by presidential proclamation or concurrent resolution of the Congress of the United States and dates determined by the United States department of defense.

4. Current uniform period of service dates for periods of armed conflict include:

a. The period beginning December 7, 1941, through December 31, 1946, known as world war II;
b. The period beginning June 27, 1950, through January 31, 1955, known as the Korean war;
c. The period beginning August 5, 1964, through May 7, 1975, known as the Vietnam war;
d. The period beginning August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992, known as the gulf war; and
e. The period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on a date prescribed by presidential proclamation or by Congress as the last day of operation Iraqi freedom or operation enduring freedom, whichever occurs later. The department of veterans' affairs shall maintain a list of all period of service dates for emergency conditions in which the armed forces expeditionary medal has been awarded.

List of qualifying Campaigns and Expeditions

1. Any individual injured by an activity of the North Dakota national guard may submit a claim to the adjutant general. As used in this section, "claim" means a monetary demand upon the state for personal injury or property damage arising from activities of the national guard while on state active duty.
 
2. The adjutant general may approve a claim for less than two thousand five hundred dollars. If the claim is approved by the adjutant general, the adjutant general shall apply to the emergency commission for an amount from the contingency fund sufficient to pay the claim. It must be conclusively presumed upon the receipt of such application by the emergency commission that an emergency exists, and the commission shall direct the transfer of the requested amount to the adjutant general from the contingency fund. The adjutant general, upon receipt of the transfer from the contingency fund, shall pay the claim.
 
3. The adjutant general shall forward any claim exceeding two thousand five hundred dollars to the emergency commission with the adjutant general's recommendation. If the claim is approved by the emergency commission, it must be conclusively presumed that an emergency exists, and the commission shall direct the transfer of the approved amount to the adjutant general from the contingency fund. The adjutant general, upon receipt of the transfer from the contingency fund, shall pay the claim.
 
4. Decisions of the adjutant general or the emergency commission partially or totally denying a claim may not be appealed to any court of this state.
 
5. Claims may not be submitted to the legislative assembly unless the claim has been partially or totally denied by the adjutant general or the emergency commission.

 

1. Any World War II veteran who did not receive a high school diploma may apply for an honorary high school diploma, provided:
 
a. The veteran entered the United States armed forces between September 16, 1940, and December 31, 1946, prior to completing the necessary high school graduation requirements; and
b. The veteran was honorably discharged from the United States armed forces.
 
2. Any Korean conflict veteran who did not receive a high school diploma may apply for an honorary high school diploma, provided:
 
a. The veteran was a member of the United States armed forces between June 27, 1950, and January 31, 1955; and
b. The veteran was honorably discharged from the United States armed forces.
 
3. Any Vietnam conflict veteran who did not receive a high school diploma may apply for an honorary high school diploma, provided:
 
a. The veteran entered the United States armed forces between February 28, 1961, and May 7, 1975; and 
b. The veteran was honorably discharged from the United States armed forces.
 
4. In order to receive an honorary high school diploma, the veteran or a representative of the veteran shall complete an application on a form prescribed by the superintendent of public instruction. A county veterans' service officer shall certify the veteran's status as an honorably discharged veteran who served during the qualifying period to the superintendent of public instruction. The superintendent of public instruction shall forward the application to the school district in which the veteran last attended school before induction. If the school district no longer exists, the application must be forwarded to the school district that has jurisdiction. If a school district decides not to issue a diploma under this program, the veteran may apply to the superintendent of public instruction for the diploma.
 
5. The school district and the superintendent of public instruction shall review and either approve or deny each application received.
 
6. If a veteran who would have qualified for a diploma under this section is deceased, a family member of the veteran may apply for and, if approved, be awarded the veteran's honorary high school diploma.

 

1. Any World War II veteran who did not receive a high school diploma may apply for an honorary high school diploma, provided:
 
a. The veteran entered the United States armed forces between September 16, 1940, and December 31, 1946, prior to completing the necessary high school graduation requirements; and
b. The veteran was honorably discharged from the United States armed forces.
 
2. Any Korean conflict veteran who did not receive a high school diploma may apply for an honorary high school diploma, provided:
 
a. The veteran was a member of the United States armed forces between June 27, 1950, and January 31, 1955; and
b. The veteran was honorably discharged from the United States armed forces.
 
3. Any Vietnam conflict veteran who did not receive a high school diploma may apply for an honorary high school diploma, provided:
 
a. The veteran entered the United States armed forces between February 28, 1961, and May 7, 1975; and
b. The veteran was honorably discharged from the United States armed forces.
 
4. In order to receive an honorary high school diploma, the veteran or a representative of the veteran shall complete an application on a form prescribed by the superintendent of public instruction. A county veterans' service officer shall certify the veteran's status as an honorably discharged veteran who served during the qualifying period to the superintendent of public instruction. The superintendent of public instruction shall forward the application to the school district in which the veteran last attended school before induction. If the school district no longer exists, the application must be forwarded to the school district that has jurisdiction. If a school district decides not to issue a diploma under this program, the veteran may apply to the superintendent of public instruction for the diploma.
 
5. The school district and the superintendent of public instruction shall review and either approve or deny each application received.
 
6. If a veteran who would have qualified for a diploma under this section is deceased, a family member of the veteran may apply for and, if approved, be awarded the veteran's honorary high school diploma.

 

A person called or ordered to active service for thirty consecutive days or longer has all of the protections afforded to persons in the military service of the United States under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, as effective through December 2003 [50 U.S.C. App. sections 501-596].
The adjutant general shall establish and operate the North Dakota veterans' cemetery, which the adjutant general shall locate within or adjacent to Fort Abraham Lincoln state park. The adjutant general may accept and expend private and federal funds to establish and operate the veterans' cemetery. All moneys received from private or federal sources must be paid to the state treasurer for deposit into the veterans' cemetery maintenance fund. The adjutant general, with the approval of the governor, may enter into an agreement with the director of the parks and recreation department for the maintenance of the cemetery. The adjutant general shall provide lots in the state veterans' cemetery for the interment of deceased members of the national guard, other reserve components, and veterans, and their spouses, minor children, and unmarried adult children who were physically or mentally disabled and incapable of self-support. The adjutant general may adopt, amend, or rescind any rules under chapter 28-32 as deemed necessary to implement and administer this section.
The purpose of this chapter is to recognize the vital role of the national guard in the state. While the national guard is subject to federal control during periods of national emergency, it is organized, trained, and equipped to perform military functions and to aid civil authorities in the protection of life and property while it is subject to the control of the state.
 
The purpose of this chapter is to encourage voluntary membership in the guard, improve the educational level of its members, and thereby benefit the state as a whole.
As used in this chapter, unless the context or subject matter otherwise requires:
 
1. "School" means any university, college, career and technical education school, technical school, or postsecondary educational institution.
 
2. "State-controlled school" means any school which is controlled, financially supported, and operated by the state, a school district, or any other political subdivision.
 
3. "Tuition" means the normal registration fee.
A qualifying member of the national guard who enrolls in any state-controlled school, subject to rules adopted by the adjutant general, is entitled to receive a twenty-five percent waiver of the tuition from the state-controlled school, conditioned on the adjutant general having sufficient appropriations for tuition reimbursement under section 37-07.1-06.2. The tuition waiver is valid only so long as the member of the national guard maintains satisfactory performance with the guard, meets the qualification requirements of rules adopted by the adjutant general, and pursues a course of study in a manner that satisfies the normal requirements of the school.

Repealed by S.L. 1983, ch. 389, § 2.

It is the responsibility of the individual member of the national guard to obtain a certificate from the adjutant general or the adjutant general's designee attesting to satisfactory guard performance and describing qualification requirements and to present the certificate to the school in order to obtain a waiver of tuition fees. The certification must be accomplished at the time of enrollment for each semester or academic term for which a waiver of tuition fees is requested.

Repealed by S.L. 1995, ch. 351, § 4.

Repealed by S.L. 2009, ch. 301, § 3.
The adjutant general shall make tuition reimbursement payments, within the limits of legislative appropriations, for each qualifying member of the national guard enrolled in any state-controlled school who receives a tuition waiver provided in section 37-07.1-03.
The adjutant general may adopt, amend, and rescind any national guard regulations pursuant to chapter 28-32 deemed necessary to implement and administer this chapter.
Any qualifying member of the national guard who enrolls in an accredited postsecondary institution in North Dakota may, subject to the limitations of available appropriated funds and subject to national guard rules adopted by the adjutant general, receive a grant in an amount not to exceed the cost of tuition and fees for similar courses and credit hours for each qualifying member of the national guard who is enrolled at the university of North Dakota.
 
Any accredited postsecondary institution that agrees to participate in such a program must waive twenty-five percent of the tuition for qualifying national guardsmen. These grants must be distributed according to rules promulgated by the adjutant general and are available only so long as the member maintains satisfactory performance with the guard, meets the qualification requirements of the rules, and pursues a course of study which satisfies the normal requirements of the school.

Repealed by S.L. 1983, ch. 389, § 2.

It is the responsibility of the individual member of the national guard to request the grant on an application provided by the adjutant general at the time of enrollment for each semester or academic term for which a grant is requested. The grants provided for in this chapter must be paid from such funds as may be appropriated for tuition payment purposes in accordance with chapter 37-07.1.
The adjutant general may adopt, amend, and rescind any national guard regulations, pursuant to chapter 28-32, deemed necessary to implement and administer this chapter.
The principal, interest, and income from the national guard training area and facility development trust fund must be used by the adjutant general solely for training area acquisition and facility development; provided, that the principal, and any interest and income which the fund accrues from July 1, 1985, through June 30, 1989, must be used solely for the acquisition of land for national guard training purposes and the expenditure, in conjunction with federal matching funds, for the construction of a new national guard armory on or adjacent to the military reservation known as Fraine Barracks.

ND Century Code 37-07.3-03. Trust fund use.

The principal, interest, and income from the national guard training area and facility development trust fund must be used by the adjutant general solely for training area acquisition and facility development; provided, that the principal, and any interest and income which the fund accrues from July 1, 1985, through June 30, 1989, must be used solely for the acquisition of land for national guard training purposes and the expenditure, in conjunction with federal matching funds, for the construction of a new national guard armory on or adjacent to the military reservation known as Fraine Barracks.

The use of armories for the regular meetings or functions of patriotic societies or recognized military service organizations holding charters from Congress or incorporated in this state must be granted by the adjutant general or by the officer in charge of any armory at such times and under such circumstances as not to interfere with the use of the armory for military purposes by the company or companies quartered therein. The use of an armory by a society or organization is subject to the rules and regulations in force governing the use of armories.

ND Century Code 37-10-04. Use of armories by other organizations - Regulations governing.

The use of armories for the regular meetings or functions of patriotic societies or recognized military service organizations holding charters from Congress or incorporated in this state must be granted by the adjutant general or by the officer in charge of any armory at such times and under such circumstances as not to interfere with the use of the armory for military purposes by the company or companies quartered therein. The use of an armory by a society or organization is subject to the rules and regulations in force governing the use of armories.

As used in this chapter, "veteran" means an individual who served in the armed forces of the United States on federal active duty for reasons other than training and who has been discharged under other than dishonorable conditions.
The state treasurer shall keep in the state treasury the separate trust fund known as the veterans' aid fund. Disbursements from such fund must be made as provided in this chapter.
The moneys in the permanent revolving fund of the veterans' aid fund are available for:
 
1. Making loans to any veteran and to a surviving spouse of a veteran if the spouse has not remarried;
 
2. Collecting loans if in the opinion of the department a person has the financial means to repay and that person deliberately refuses to repay; and
 
3. Paying administrative expenses related to the making and collection of loans made from the fund.
The purpose of the veterans' aid fund is to make loans to any veteran and to a surviving spouse of a veteran if the spouse has not remarried. A qualified applicant may be permitted to receive more than one loan providing the total amount of all loans does not exceed five thousand dollars.

The purpose of the veterans' aid fund is to make loans to any veteran and to a surviving spouse of a veteran if the spouse has not remarried. A qualified applicant may be permitted to receive more than one loan providing the total amount of all loans does not exceed five thousand dollars. 

A qualified person may apply to the department of veterans' affairs in such form as it provides, either while the applicant is waiting for relief or assistance from another agency, state or federal, or for further assistance for the applicant's education, or otherwise.
If the department of veterans' affairs is satisfied that an applicant is a veteran or the surviving spouse of a veteran and has not remarried, and that the applicant is a citizen and resident of this state, and that the applicant meets the criteria set forth in rules adopted pursuant to section 37-14-10 regarding qualifications to obtain a loan, the department may loan to the applicant a sum from the veterans' aid fund not to exceed five thousand dollars. Additional loans may be made to an applicant if the applicant still meets the loan criteria and if the total of all loans does not exceed five thousand dollars. If an applicant is provided more than one loan, the amounts will be consolidated into one payment.
Upon the granting of an application and at the time of disbursement, the applicant, or the applicant's legal agent, shall execute a loan agreement with the department of veterans' affairs that within a specified period of not to exceed four years from the date of the receipt of the last item of the advancement, the applicant will repay to the state for the use of the veterans' aid fund the full amount of all advancements made to the applicant with interest as provided in rules adopted under section 37-14-10, but not to exceed ten percent annually. One-half of the interest must be waived if timely repayment is made to the fund as set forth in rules adopted pursuant to section 37-14-10.
 
The department may take necessary legal action to collect, compromise, or settle loans if in the opinion of the department the person has the financial means to repay, and the person deliberately refuses to do so. The department may release from financial liability any person it determines is financially unable to repay the loan through no fault of the person. The department may assess and collect a late payment penalty as provided in section 47-14-05.
All payments or other expenditures approved by the department of veterans' affairs must be made upon vouchers approved by the office of the budget.
The department of veterans' affairs shall keep full records and files of all transactions, applications, advancements, and business pertaining to the veterans' aid fund. The department may submit a biennial report to the governor and the secretary of state in accordance with section 54-06-04.
The administrative committee on veterans' affairs may make and promulgate such reasonable rules and regulations as may be necessary and proper to administer the provisions of this chapter relating to the veterans' aid fund. In any hearings or action taken under the provisions of this chapter, the provisions of chapter 28-32 do not apply.
The department of veterans' affairs may expend for any purpose necessary to the proper administration of this chapter sums not to exceed the amount appropriated therefor by the legislative assembly. Vouchers must be issued in the manner provided in this chapter.
The department of veterans' affairs may grant or refuse an application for relief or assistance from financial assistance programs under the control of the department under policies set by the administrative committee on veterans' affairs. The committee shall adopt and establish an appeal process. The department's decisions are appealable to an appeals committee appointed by the chairman of the administrative committee. A hearing before the appeals committee may be closed upon request of the applicant. An applicant who requests a closed hearing may invite to that hearing any two representatives and the applicant's spouse or one other family member. Each decision of the appeals committee must give the reasons for granting or refusing an application for relief or assistance. The decision of the appeals committee is final. The record of the hearing, including the identity of the applicant, is an exempt record.
The department of veterans' affairs may grant or refuse an application for relief or assistance from financial assistance programs under the control of the department under policies set by the administrative committee on veterans' affairs. The committee shall adopt and establish an appeal process. The department's decisions are appealable to an appeals committee appointed by the chairman of the administrative committee. A hearing before the appeals committee may be closed upon request of the applicant. An applicant who requests a closed hearing may invite to that hearing any two  representatives and the applicant's spouse or one other family member. Each decision of the appeals committee must give the reasons for granting or refusing an application for relief or assistance. The decision of the appeals committee is final. The record of the hearing, including the identity of the applicant, is an exempt record.
The veterans' postwar trust fund is a permanent trust fund of the state of North Dakota and consists of moneys transferred or credited to the fund under this chapter and other laws. Investment of the fund is the responsibility of the state treasurer who shall invest the fund only in those legal investments authorized by section 21-10-07. All income received from investments is to be utilized only for programs of benefit and service to veterans or their dependents, and all income earned in a biennium is appropriated to the administrative committee on veterans' affairs on a continuing basis in the following biennium and not in the biennium the income is earned for expenditure on these programs as authorized by law.
The veterans' postwar trust fund is a permanent trust fund of the state of North Dakota and consists of moneys transferred or credited to the fund under this chapter and other laws. Investment of the fund is the responsibility of the state treasurer who shall invest the fund only in those legal investments authorized by section 21-10-07. All income received from investments is to be utilized only for programs of benefit and service to veterans or their dependents, and all income earned in a biennium is appropriated to the administrative committee on veterans' affairs on a continuing basis in the following biennium and not in the biennium the income is earned for expenditure on these programs as authorized by law.
The board of county commissioners of each county of the state of North Dakota shall appoint, employ, and pay, on a full-time or part-time basis, an officer to be known as a county veterans' service officer. The veterans' affairs commissioner may work directly with county veterans' service officers. An individual may serve as a county veterans' service officer in more than one county. The appointment must be made with the prior advice of the commissioner of veterans' affairs, and in accordance with veterans' preference as provided in section 37-19.1-02. By August 1, 2011, all county veterans' service officers must be accredited by the national association of county veterans' service officers. It is the duty of the county veterans' service officer to become acquainted with the laws, both state and federal, enacted for the benefit of returning servicemen and servicewomen to assist such returning members of the armed forces in the presentation, proof, and establishment of such claims, privileges, and rights as they have.
 
It also is the duty of the county veterans' service officer to actively cooperate with and to coordinate the activities of the state and federal agencies within the county which the officer serves to facilitate their operation and ensure promptness in the solution of the problems concerned with the reestablishment of returning servicemen and servicewomen in civilian pursuits. A county veterans' service officer may not serve as a conservator for an individual who is receiving benefits or services from the department of veterans' affairs or the United States department of veterans' affairs, except if the individual is the spouse or an immediate family member of the officer, or unless the conservator is appointed by the county under chapter 11-21.

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