(A) Any five or more veterans, all of whom are citizens of the United States and residents of this state, may form a corporation not for profit under sections 1702.01 to 1702.58 of the Revised Code, relating to corporations not for profit, for the purpose of purchasing real property and constructing thereon residences for sale to members of such corporation without any profit to the corporation, borrowing money for such purpose, and mortgaging or pledging any assets of the corporation as security therefor, and doing such other things as are appropriate in order to carry out such purpose. The business of such corporation shall be carried on only within such municipal corporation or other political subdivision of this state as is specified in the articles of incorporation. Except as specified in this section, such corporation shall be governed by such sections.
(B) As used in this section:
(1) "Veteran" means either of the following:
(a) Any person who has served in any branch of the armed forces of the United States in or during any war in which this country has been or is engaged;
(b) Any person who has 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 the 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 .