Who Qualifies for VA Benefits?


Quick Answer

Service in the military with separation under any condition other than dishonorable discharge is the basic standard for receiving VA benefits. Reserve and National Guard members who were called to active duty may also be eligible.

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To qualify for benefits, veterans who enlisted after Sept. 7, 1980, or entered active duty after Oct. 16, 1981, must have served either 24 continuous months or the full period for which they were called to active duty. Veterans who enlisted prior to Sept. 7, 1980, and veterans who were injured in the line of duty may not be held to the same requirements.

There are certain requirements that may allow enhanced eligibility, such as being a former prisoner of war, receiving a Purple Heart medal, or receiving the Medal of Honor.

The VA encourages all Veterans to apply.

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