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ANNAPOLIS — The Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act of 1991, which increasedunemployment benefits for claimants in Maryland, also changed the benefit entitlements and eligibility requirements for ex-service members.

Benefits are now increased to 26 weeks, and the five-week waiting period before ex-service members could collect benefits has been eliminated. This affects those ex-service members for the period of unemployment starting Nov. 17, 1991.

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The first category of changes applies to ex-service members who filed claims effective Nov. 24, 1990, or later, exhausted their benefits, or who are still unemployed. These claimants may be eligible for up to 13 additional weeks of unemployment.

People in this categorywill be contacted by mail, which includes filing instructions. It isnot necessary for these claimants to report to the local unemployment insurance office since they will be able to file by mail.

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In thesecond category, certain classes of ex-service members who were in active-duty reserve status, and were originally ineligible to get benefits, may now be eligible if still unemployed.

Ex-service members who were in active-duty reserve status, filed claims effective Nov. 24, 1990, or later, and were found ineligible for benefits because they served less than 180 continuous days of active duty or who failed to file because of that same reason, may now file as the requirement has been reduced to 90 days.

Claimants who consider themselves eligible under this new condition should report to their local unemployment insurance office with a copy of Department of Defense Form 214.

The third category includes ex-service members who filed new claims for benefits after Nov. 17. If otherwise eligible for benefits, theseclaimants may receive 26 weeks of benefits and will not be required to serve a five-week waiting period.

Information: (410) 333-6917 or 333-5656.

* The following residents of Anne Arundel County are serving with the armed forces:

STONEBURNER FINISHES COURSE

DATELINE: ANNAPOLIS

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Marine Lance Cpl. Clifton E. Stoneburner recently completed the Basic Assault Amphibian Crewman's Course at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

His studies included vehicle capabilities and operating characteristics, land and water driving exercises, and operator-level maintenance procedures.

Stoneburner graduated from Annapolis Senior High School in 1987 and joined the Marine Corps last year.

MCWILLIAMS OUT OF SUB SCHOOL

Navy Seaman Apprentice James G. McWilliams recently graduated with honors from the Basic Enlisted Submarine School in Groton, Conn.

He was trained in the basic theory, construction andoperation of submarines. He also learned about shipboard organization, damage control, submarine safety and escape procedures.

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McWilliams joined the Navy last summer. He graduated from Annapolis Senior High School in 1989.

SCHMIDT RETURNS TO NORFOLK

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Svend R. Schmidt has returned to Norfolk, Va., after a six-month Mediterranean deployment aboard the amphibious assault ship USSWasp.

He also took part in a NATO training exercise, Display Determination '91, with the naval forces of Spain and France.

Schmidt joined the Navy in 1974.

DAY SERVES ON CRUISER

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DATELINE: DUNKIRK

Navy Seaman Paul R. Day served aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Dahlgren during a six-month deployment, including a naval exercise called "Unitas," carried out in collaboration with various South American naval forces.

The 1989 graduate of Northern High School in Owings joined the Navy in 1989.

CANTWELL IN PERSIAN GULF

DATELINE: EDGEWATER

Navy Lt. Michael T. Cantwell is in the Persian Gulf serving aboard the amphibious transport dock USS Nashville, also known as the "Original Top Gator."

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The Nashville is part of a three-ship readiness group patrolling the northern Gulf area, in the first appearance ofan amphibious force in the region since the end of the Gulf war.

Cantwell graduated from Severna Park High School in 1982 and the U.S.Naval Academy in 1987.

HARLOW IS HONORED

DATELINE: FORT MEADE

AirForce Airman 1st Class James A. Harlow of Fort George G. Meade, based at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma, has been named Airman of the Quarter, based on his exemplary duty performance, job knowledge, leadership, self-improvement and other accomplishments.

Harlow is a communications-computer systems operator at Tinker. He graduated from Fort Meade High School in 1988.

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ROBINSON, BEST TRAIN

Privates Vernon M. Robinson Jr. and Michael S. Best have completed basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C.

During their training, they received instruction in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, first aid and Army history and traditions.

RODRIGUEZ A MED GRADUATE

DATELINE: GAMBRILLS

Navy Hospitalman Robert L. Rodriguez recently graduated from the Field Medical Service School in Camp Pendleton, Calif.

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The course prepares students for duty with Marine Corps combat units as either hospital corpsmen or dental technicians. It teaches basics of battlefield survival, personal protection, the basic tactics and use of weapons for self-defense, emergency medical techniques, casualty evacuation, field sanitation andpreventive medicine.

Rodriguez graduated from Arundel Senior HighSchool in 1980, and joined the Navy last year.

PETTERSEN FINISHES BASIC

DATELINE: GLEN BURNIE

Airman 1st Class Melissa A. Pettersen recently graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.

During her training, she studied the Air Force mission, organization and customs. She also took training in human relations and earned credits toward an associate degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

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Pettersen graduated from Glen Burnie High School in 1991.

NESBIT SERVES ON USS WASP

Navy Airman RecruitWilliam G. Nesbit served aboard the USS Wasp during its recent deployment to the Mediterranean.

He joined the U.S. Navy in May, 1991.



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