As used in this Section:
"Time of hostilities with a foreign country" means any period of time in
the past, present, or future during which a declaration of war by the
United States Congress has been or is in effect or during which an
emergency condition has been or is in effect that is 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.
"Armed forces of the United States" means the United States Army, Navy,
Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard, United States Reserve Forces, or Illinois National Guard. Service in the Merchant Marine that
constitutes active duty under Section 401 of federal Public Law 95-202
shall also be considered service in the Armed Forces of the United States
for purposes of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 95-566, eff. 8-31-07.)