Besides regular advancement opportunities and earnings increases, National Guard members receive benefits such as educational aid, affordable healthcare, life insurance and a retirement pension. Through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, active duty National Guard members may also receive home loans, disability compensation, employment services and burial benefits.
College students enrolled in the National Guard receive aid with tuition, educational expenses and exam counseling services. The National Guard also helps its soldiers receive civilian credentials for guard training and assists them in learning engineering, teaching or technical skills at vocational schools. Through TRICARE Reserve Select, National Guard members and their families receive inexpensive health coverage. They are also eligible for low cost life insurance through Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance and Family Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance. After 20 years of part-time service, National Guard members are eligible to receive a monthly retirement pension.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides home loans for National Guard members who have completed six years of reserve service or 90 days or more of active duty during wartime as of May 2015. National Guard members disabled during active duty or injured during inactive duty training are eligible for VA disability compensation. Members with service-connected disabilities may be eligible for VA employment services, and those who die because of an injury sustained while on active duty are eligible for VA burial benefits.