If you serve over 180 days active service (90 days during the Persian Gulf War) you are entitled to some but not all the VA benefits available to active duty armed forces personnel.
VA Benefits and Services for Selected Reserve and National Guard Members
Education & Training Benefits habilitation & Employment
Burial Benefits Dependents' and Survivrs’ Benefits
Eligibility for Reservists/National Guard Members
The primary factor in determining basic eligibility to VA benefits is "veteran status," which is established by active military, naval, or air service and a discharge or release from active service under conditions other than dishonorable.
Reservists who served on active duty establish veteran status and may therefore be eligible for VA benefits, depending on the length of active military service and the character of discharge or release. In addition, reservists who are never called to active uty may qualify for some VA benefits.
National Guard members can establish eligibility for nly if the President activated them for
VA benefits oederal duty.
Generally veterans must be enrolled to receive health care services. Reservists and National Guard members activated for federal duty can qualify for a umber of health care services provided by VA.
Hospital, outpatient medical, dental, pharmacy and
Domiciliary, nursing home, and community-based
Sexual trauma counseling
Health and rehabilitation programs for homeless
Medical evaluation for military service exposure, including Gulf War, Agent Orange, Ionizing Radiation, nd certain other environmental hazards.
VA has extended health care benefits for combat veterans. In 1998, VA was authorized to provide a broad range of health care services to U.S. veterans who served on active duty in a theater of combat operations during a period of war after the Persian Gulf War or in combat against a hostile force during a period of hostilities after November 11, 1998. Such veterans are eligible for 2 years after leaving the military for VA hospital care, medical services, and nursing home care for any illness, even if there is insufficient medical evidence to conclude that their lness was a result of their combat service.
Under this authority, health care may not be provided for any disability that is found to have resulted from a cause other than the service at issue; for example, conditions existing before military service and conditions that began following military combat, like broken bones occurring after separation from active uty.
Reservists and members of the National Guard who served on active duty in a theater of combat may be ligible for VA health care under this authority.
Veterans with health concerns that may be related to aluation
combat are encouraged to seek a medical evat a local VA medical facility. The families of reservists’ may also be eligible for counseling in the Readjustment Counseling Center Program.
VA administers two disability programs. Both are tax-ree.
. Such disabilities are considered "service-connected." Additional benefits for the member and his/her ependents or survivors may apply.
This income-based benefit is paid to veterans with honorable war-time service who are ermanently and totally disabled (or age 65 or older).
Selected Reserve and National Guard members may be entitled to up to 36 months of benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (Chapter 606). To qualify, the participant must:
have a six-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve or National Guard (officers must agree to on
serve six years in addition to the original obligati
meet the requirements to receive a high school diploma or equivalency certificate before applying for ben
remain in good standing while serving in a Selected Reserve or National Guard unit.
entitlement ends 10 years from the date of eligibility for the program, or on the date of separation from service. Members whose eligibility began on or after October 1, 1992, have 14 years. If activated under title 10, the eligibility period is extended by the time on active duty plus 4 months. A separate extension applies for each activation. An extension is not available if activated under U.S.C. Title 32.
Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
Service-disabled veterans may qualify for rehabilitation and employment assistance including: job search, vocational evaluation, career exploration, vocational training, education, and rehabilitation services. If enrolled in an education or training program, VA will pay for the participant’s tuition, fees, books, tools, and other program xpenses as well as provide a monthly living allowance.
Complete information is available at: http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/index.htm
VA Life Isurance
National Guard and Reserve Personnel are eligible to receive Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI), Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI), and Family Group Life Insurance (FGLI). They may also be eligible for Service-Disabled Veterans Insurance (RH) if called to active duty, injured, and have a ervice-connected disability.
Additional information may be obtained on-line at
Health Care for Combat Veterans Education and Training
When a Reserve or whatever is called up to war if they serve as you say a certain amount of time they are indeed intitiled to benefits.
Why not? When they are Activated they are no different nor treated any different from fulltime military. Too boot, reserves have always been the first called upon in time of war with exception of Marines and Speical Forces etc etc etc.
Plus most Reserves etc etc etc are on the rosters for the rest of their lives and can be called to Active Duty at any time. They also do hours monthly and many times take on extra deployments. I am IMA and have served in 2 Wars including this one for as long as I was needed which ususually ment aprox 14 mths. Also doing deployments when, where needed.
We are all one and one for all and it does not take long in the Field or wherever before that is obvious to any and all.
I agree, LDE!
Thank you fletcherba234 we are deeply misunderstood.
As far as I am concerned, anyone who puts their life on the line for their country deserves the best we can give them in return. As to all of Clinton's "You fought for me so that makes me worthy" balderdash, I have to ask where he was when I was taking 0-dark-thirty cat shots off a carrier deck and making early afternoon traps on that same carrier -- that might be seventy miles from where we launched.
Where was Obama when I was over Iraq in Desert Storm, chasing MiG's and jenking my way out of the path of SAM's in the desert? Talk about pampered and useless.
Oh, well, don't get me started on office pinkies either . . ..
fletcherba234 Obama has no ability to begin to understand what our Warriors do. He and so many others who sit in their fancy seats and play a game with the lives and limbs of our good Warriors. Then they even have the audacity to get bent outa shape if our men/women do something they consider immoral related to pissing on a frikken corpse of a dead Jihadi or holding up the remains of a homicide bomber/suicide bomber. What the hell do they know about anything concerned with killing daily and being killed? Most of them not a damned thing put their sorry wussey backsides downrange in a firefight and oh boy what they would learn about hate/war/enemies/loosing buddies/smelling burnt bodies etc etc etc.
Damn them all to hell who condemn our men/women and may they all burn in the hell they create for our fighting men/women to live in.
George HW Bush is a real fighting man, not a wimpdite like Obama. He cut his teeth in the F-102 (Delta Dart) and F-104 (Starfighter), probably the most dangerous planes ever in the USAF inventory. Even so they are MiG splashers without peer or equal. He fought in the early days of Vietnam, contemporary with my first tour. I respect anyone who can wrestle those two widowmakers into the fight. He went from there to the Texas Air National Guard. TANG and South Carolina fielded the best fighter work in Desert Storm by a long shot.
So, were was the Boy Wonder when it came his turn to pay his dues? He was safe in the bottom of a bunker in DC, decoding Arabic intercepts for the Joint Chiefs. Oh, that is tough military duty, isn't it?
BHO served two whole years in admin and his clearance was canceled at the end of his military service. Even so, he was only cleared Confidential. That is the clearance we award new recruits. Secret and Top Secret clearances come only with a need to know. Obama never had it. Special access comes only with background investigation. Obama never had a BI.
So, Bush broke in with the tough stuff in Vietnam, jenking to avoid SAM's and doing serious ACM to avoid migs -- and has an excellent combat record.
Obama never got out of the office.
So, guess what virgin sends old salts into harm's way and then trashes the VA when they return, shot up, legs and arms gone, IED blasted, and with harrowing tales of what the rottenest things on two legs do to each other.
Where are these guys supposed to work after Obama trashed our economy and made sure all the best jobs and companies went to China?
Maybe that is why Obama got a tepid response at Camp Lejune NC, and Bush got an uproarious end highly enthusiastic reception in Anbar, Iraq -- once again directly in harm's way.
I respect the guy in a flight suit. I do not respect the wimpodites who hate him for earning the right to wear it.
Rocmike aka American Patriot GIVE IT A BREAK. Hours and hours and hours of alias after alias repeating the same crap over and over. Today we have had Michael MacGilray, Bill Compton, anonymous and Fletcher. GET A LIFE