An individual who engaged in active military duty and released under a condition apart from a dishonorable discharge is entitled to the United States Department of Veteran Affairs, or VA, health-related benefits. Enlisted members of the Reserves or National Guard who are on active duty or retired after serving the required period, may also qualify for VA financial and health assistance.
The majority of veterans who served after October 16, 1981 must be on active duty for 2 years to obtain eligibility for VA benefits. However, members who become incapacitated while doing active service may not be required to complete the minimum period. Former prisoners of war and recipients of military awards are usually prioritized during registration for VA benefits.