Ask the Vet Rep: March 2014
Dear Vet Rep,
I joined the Army Reserves in 1957. I spent six months in active duty and seven and a half years in the active Reserves. Am I considered a veteran?
According to the VA, by statute a “veteran” is defined as “a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable.” So yes, as long as you were not dishonorably discharged, you are definitely a veteran.
To be considered for VA benefits, a veteran must have “active military, naval, or air service,” which you also have. However, the exact qualifications concerning the length and type of service required for each benefit can differ. If you ever wish to apply for benefits, call my office and I can help you figure out your eligibility.