There are three broad requirements for veterans and their survivors to be eligible for benefits:
- Military Duty Eligibility: The veteran must have served at least 90 consecutive days of active duty, with one of those days occurring during a qualifying war period. There is no requirement that the veteran was in that particular theater of war, so stateside service counts.
World War II - December 7, 1941 - December 31, 1946
Korean Conflict - June 27, 1950 - January 31, 1955
Vietnam Era - August 5, 1964 - May 7, 1975
- Medical Eligibility: The veteran or their surviving spouse must be over the age of 65 or “permanently and totally disabled”. The veteran or their surviving spouse must require assistance to avoid the hazards of daily activities. The veteran's disability does not have to be service-related.
- Financial Eligibility: There are income and asset limitations. However, it is possible for most to meet the qualifications with proper estate planning. If you have been told that you do not qualify because you have too much income or too many assets, it is likely that you were misinformed. The important question that you need to ask is not, “Do I qualify?” rather you should be asking “How do I qualify?”