(A) Except as provided in any contract for financial assistance with the federal government in the selection of tenants for housing projects, a metropolitan housing authority shall give preference, as among applicants equally in need and eligible for occupancy of the dwelling and at the rent involved, to families of veterans and persons serving in the active military or naval service of the United States, including families of deceased veterans or deceased persons who were so serving at the time of death.
(B) As used in this section:
(1) "Veteran" means either of the following:
(a) A person who has served in the active military or naval service of the United States and who was discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable;
(b) A person who served as a member of the United States merchant marine and to whom either of the following applies:
(i) The person has an honorable report of separation from active duty military service, form DD214 or DD215.
(ii) The person served in the United States merchant marine between December 7, 1941, and December 31, 1946, and died on active duty while serving in a war zone during that period of service.
(2) "United States merchant marine" includes the United States army transport service and the United States naval transport service.
Effective Date: 03-17-2000 .