How much active duty during wartime is necessary to qualify someone as a veteran?

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In looking into assisted living options for my father, a 91-year old retired rocket scientist, we were told by two different facilities that one day of active duty during wartime would qualify him for financial assistance. That is exactly what his history includes: He was employed by the Navy as a Civil Servant, but was drafted. He served one day of active duty, then was sent back to his job in Civil Service where he was involved with America's space program from the beginning.


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To be eligible for VA Improved Pension the rule is the veteran must have 90 continuous days of active duty service one day of which must have been during "wartime" as defined by Congress. Civilian employees of military branches are not considered active duty military with some very limited exceptions. Involvement in the space program is not one of them.
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My nephew went into the Navy. He didn't make it through boot camp as it was discovered that he had asthma. He was let go on an honorable medical discharge and has since discovered that he is considered a veteran. He even has benefits and is going to college on the Navy's dime. I'm not surprised that your dad would be considered a veteran after only one day of active duty.
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If someone has an honorable discharge, it shouldn't matter. They should still get whatever benefits any veteran would get. Call your local VA and double check.
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It seems my dilemma is common, dad passed away two years ago. Mom is in a ALF at the cost of four thousand a month. We sold the house and that money will go towards. Moms care, but what happens when it runs out? My dad was also a veteran but not during a war, is mom still eligible for VA benefits ? Help!
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Some federal civil servants get their time credited as military time. Try to find employment records that state that somewhere. It would be largely dependent on his pay grade. Try the DFAS website or call their benefits department.
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One day.
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