The Veterans Administration (VA) provides many different types of benefits to U.S. Navy veterans, including disability compensation, health (medical) care, pensions and educational programs. Some benefits are also available for dependents and spouses. Eligibility requirements can vary depending on the benefit. Factors that may be considered when determining eligibility for a particular benefit include the veteran’s length of service, where and when the veteran served and the type of discharge the veteran received. Read more
Of the 16 million military personnel who served during WWII, 70% (11.2 million) were members of the U.S. Army.
Most WWII U.S. Army veterans are eligible for VA benefits including a special long-term care pension called Aid & Attendance.
To qualify for Aid & Attendance, a WWII veteran must have served at least 90 days of active duty, with at least one day during the WWII war period of December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946. If the veteran was in service on December 31, 1946, continuous service before July 26, 1947, is considered WWII service. Read more
The surviving spouse (widow or widower) of a veteran may be eligible for Veterans Administration (VA) benefits. Types of VA surviving spouse benefits include Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC), death (survivors) pension, housebound pension and Aid & Attendance. Read more
Veterans who served during the Vietnam era may be eligible for both service and non-service connected VA benefits. This includes veterans who were exposed to various service-related hazards during the war like Agent Orange, and vets who experienced Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after the war ended. Read more
The Vietnam War, also known as the Vietnam Conflict, began in 1954. It was fought between the communist regime of North Vietnam (the People’s Army of Vietnam) and the government of South Vietnam (Army of the Republic of Vietnam). North Vietnam was supported by its allies in South Vietnam (the Viet Cong), along with China and the Soviet Union. South Vietnam was backed by the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and South Korea. The war ended in 1975 with the capture of Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, by the North Vietnam army and Viet Cong.
Within the Veterans Administration, veterans who served in the armed forces during the Vietnam Conflict are called “Vietnam-era veterans.” For pension purposes, the VA defines the Vietnam-era as (1) the period from February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975 in the case of a veteran who served in the Republic of Vietnam during that period, and (2) August 5, 1964 to May 7, 1975 in all other cases. Read more