Who Qualifies as a United States Veteran Info?
Most Veterans who enlisted after September 7, 1980, or entered active duty after October 16, 1981, must have served 24 continuous months or the full period for which they were called to active duty in order to be eligible. This minimum duty requirement may not apply to Veterans who were discharged for a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, for a hardship or “early out,” or those who served prior to September 7, 1980. Since there are a number of other exceptions to the minimum duty requirements, VA encourages all Veterans to apply so that we may determine their enrollment eligibility.
Note: Current and former members of the Reserves or National Guard who were called to active duty by a federal order for deployment and completed the full period for which they were called or ordered to active duty may be eligible for VA health benefits as well.