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Old 06-21-2017, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Idaho
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Basic Eligibility
If you served in the active military service and were separated under any condition other than dishonorable, you may qualify for VA health care benefits. Current and former members of the Reserves or National Guard who were called to active duty by a federal order and completed the full period for which they were called or ordered to active duty may be eligible for VA health benefits as well.

Reserves or National Guard members with active duty for training purposes only do not meet the basic eligibility requirement.

Minimum Duty Requirements

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.

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https://www.va.gov/HEALTHBENEFITS/apply/veterans.asp
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Old 09-07-2017, 07:32 AM
 
Location: Council Bluffs, IA (Phx AZ Native)
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They enlisted, but at the beginning of Basic was given a Medical Discharge due to bad feet?
Talked to this guy last night at Golden Corral. He was telling us that he wondered just how many non-Veterans were eating free in the restaurant because Golden Corral doesn't ask for any kind of ID. He told us that years ago he had enlisted, was at Basic Training, but released due to his feet. Now, I think this is that old statement "calling the kettle black" because he's not a Veteran (is he) if he got a Medical in Basic and didn't complete Basic......right? Just seemed sort of weird b/c he was complaining about something that I think he was actually part of!
Wife told me later that she talked to a lady, that when asked "are you a Veteran?", by a lady giving out a sticker that says "I Served", she replied "yes.......I've taken care of him (her husband) since he's been out so I think that qualifies me to be a Veteran!" The lady with the "I Served" stickers put a sticker on her and she ate for free!
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Yes, if they were discharged under honorable conditions. I received an honorable discharge after boot camp that I never completed--3 months, 28 days. I was told then not to pursue any benefits because i didn't serve the "6 months and/or 180 days" requirement. It has been only the past 4 years that I found out that I'm indeed a veteran with benefits. I hope Loveboating's friend has found this out much sooner that i did!!
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Old 09-07-2017, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Upstate NY
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Hmmm....one is a veteran if s/he didn't even complete boot camp, much less see active duty? Even in the reserves, they don't qualify without the active duty requirement, even if they HAVE completed training. The things you learn on CD!
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Old Today, 02:08 AM
 
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IMO, a "veteran" should be anyone who completed a full enlistment, whether it be 4 years, 6 years, or whatever your initial contract states when enlisting.
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Old Today, 12:53 PM
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Location: Bel Air, California
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IMO, a "veteran" should be anyone who completed a full enlistment, whether it be 4 years, 6 years, or whatever your initial contract states when enlisting.

suppose they were wounded in combat and didn't complete their enlistment?


or they got blowed up out of a tower during basic training?


no soup for you?
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Old Today, 01:44 PM
 
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suppose they were wounded in combat and didn't complete their enlistment?


or they got blowed up out of a tower during basic training?


no soup for you?
Then they should get a separate status with other special "medical" benefits to suit their needs accordingly.

If you are enrolled in college and get hurt before you graduate, you still aren't a "graduate" until you finish the required coursework.

And where in basic training are you in a position to ever get "blowed up out of a tower"?
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