Generally, veterans benefits are only available to military personnel who have been honorably discharged. However, some individuals who have been released due to bad conduct, undesirable circumstances or other dishonorable discharges may still qualify for benefits depending on a determination from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Each branch of the military maintains a review board that has the authority to change, modify or correct dismissals or discharges, as long as the discharge is not a sentence of a court-martial.
Some veterans benefits programs have strict guidelines concerning discharge requirements. For instance, compensation, pension and education benefits are only available to those who have honorable discharges. Home loan and insurance benefits fall under the same guidelines.