Veteran Federal Benefits for 2011
Veterans of the United States armed forces may be eligible for a broad range of programs and services provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). These benefits are legislated in Title
38 of the United States Code. This booklet contains a summary of these benefits effective Jan. 1, 2011. For additional information, visit
the VA Web page at www.va.gov/.
Eligibility for most VA benefits is based upon discharge from active
military service under other than dishonorable conditions. Active
service means full-time service, other than active duty for training,
as a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast
Guard, or as a commissioned officer of the Public Health Service,
Environmental Science Services Administration or National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration, or its predecessor, the Coast and
Geodetic Survey. Generally, men and women veterans with similar
service may be entitled to the same VA benefits.
Dishonorable and bad conduct discharges issued by general courtsmartial may bar VA benefits. Veterans in prison and parolees must
contact a VA regional office to determine eligibility. VA benefits will not be provided to any veteran or dependent wanted for an outstanding felony warrant.