The SSFOA now recognizes
Merchant Marines wounded in war
The merchant marine is a civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Navy, but not a uniformed service, except in times of war when, in accordance with the Merchant Marine Act of 1936, mariners are considered military personnel. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill into law making them veterans of merchant mariners who serve in war. They were considered civilians during WWII and did not receive any of the benefits given to members of the U.S. armed forces.
The Merchant Marine Act of 1936 was enacted "to further the development and maintenance of an adequate and well-balanced American merchant marine, to promote the commerce of the United States, to aid in the national defense, to repeal certain former legislation, and for other purposes."
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