Who is eligible to receive veteran benefits?


Quick Answer

Individuals who are eligible to receive veteran benefits include those who served in the active military service and were separated under any condition other than dishonorable, notes the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. Also eligible are former and current Reserves and National Guard members called by a federal order.

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Any Reserves or National Guard member who was called by a federal order to active duty is required to have finished the complete period he was called for in order to properly qualify for veterans benefits, according to the VA. As of 2015, this requirement excludes National Guard and Reserves members who had active duty only for training purposes.

In addition to minimum duty requirements, there are also enhanced eligibility requirements, says the VA. Enhanced eligibility requirements include former prisoners of war, recipients of the Purple Heart Medal, VA Pension recipients, and being discharged from the military due to a non-pre-existing disability, hardship or early out.

There are specific forms that are used to apply for VA Health Benefits Package, notes the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. Such forms include VA Form 10-10EZ for initial application and VA Form 10-10EZR for a current VA health care recipient who needs to update his information.

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