Periods of War

periods of war

To be considered a War Time Veteran:

The Veteran needs to have served at least one day during a Period of War with the minimum service for that period.

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Congress Expands Period of War for Vietnam Veterans

Congress changed the beginning of Wartime Vietnam service for Veterans who served in Vietnam from February 28, 1961 to November 1, 1955.  As a result, Veterans who served in Vietnam any time from November 1, 1955 through August 4, 1964 may now be eligible for VA non-service-connected pension benefits. These non-taxable monetary benefits can help pay for home or facility care and other medical expenses and are paid in addition to social security. Survivors of these veterans may also be eligible.   To qualify for Pension using service from 11/1/1955 – 8/4/1964, the Vietnam Veteran must typically have served 90 days active duty, with at least one day in Vietnam and be discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.


The Period of War for Vietnam Veterans who did not serve in Vietnam continues to be August 5, 1964 – May 7, 1975.

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