Eligibility for Services
VA benefits, except for some insurance programs and certain medical benefits, available to veterans or their dependents require that the period of service upon which entitlement is based be terminated under conditions other than dishonorable. A veteran must obtain an HONORABLE discharge to receive educational benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill. Dishonorable and bad conduct discharges issued by general court martial are a bar to VA benefits.
The Law generally denies benefits to people originally enlisting in military service after September 7, 1980, and to all other people entering military service October 16, 1981, who did not complete the shorter of (1), 24 months of continuous active duty or (2) the full period for which the person was called or ordered to active duty. This provision does not apply to veterans who have a compensable service connected disability or who were discharged close to the end of an enlistment term for reasons of hardship or disabilities incurred or aggravated in line of duty, or for the convenience of the government. It also does not apply to insurance benefits, or the provision of any benefit for or in connection with a service connected disability, condition, or death.