Eligibility

To be eligible for Veterans’ Benefits in Massachusetts, an individual must be a veteran or a dependent of a veteran under M.G.L.c. 4, cl. 43rd as amended by the acts of 2005, ch.130. Log on to www.mass.gov/veterans to see if you qualify.

Dates of service for eligibility are as follows:

Era of Service Dates Requirement for Veteran Status
WWI 6-Apr-191711-Nov-1918 90 days of active duty service, one (1) day during “wartime” and a last discharge or release under honorable conditions.
PEACETIME 12-Nov-191815-Sep-1940 180 days of regular active duty service and a last discharge or release under honorable conditions.
WWII(Merchant Marine:7-Dec-1941 through 31-Dec-1946) 16-Sep-194025-Jul-1947 90 days of active duty service, one (1) day during “wartime” and a last discharge or release under honorable conditions.
PEACETIME 26-Jul-194724-Jun-1950 180 days of regular active duty service and a last discharge or release under honorable conditions.
KOREA 25-Jun-195031-Jan-1955 90 days of active duty service, one (1) day during “wartime” and a last discharge or release under honorable conditions.
Korean Defense Service Medal 28-Jul-1954(to be determined later) 90 days of active duty service, last discharge under honorable conditions and the Korean Defense Service Medal.
VIETNAM I 1-Feb-19554-Aug-1964 180 days of regular active duty service and a last discharge or release under honorable conditions.
VIETNAM II 5-Aug-19647-May-1975 90 days of active duty service, one (1) day during “wartime” and a last discharge or release under honorable conditions.
PEACETIME 8-May-19751-Aug-1990 180 days of regular active duty service and a last discharge or release under honorable conditions.
Lebanon Campaign* 25-Aug-1982(to be determined later) 90 days of active duty service, one (1) day during “wartime” and a last discharge or release under honorable conditions.
Grenada Campaign* 25-Oct-198315-Dec-1983 90 days of active duty service, one (1) day during “wartime” and a last discharge or release under honorable conditions.
Panama Campaign* 20-Dec-198931-Jan-1990 90 days of active duty service, one (1) day during “wartime” and a last discharge or release under honorable conditions.
PERSIAN GULF 2-Aug-1990(to be determined later) 90 days of active duty service, one (1) day during “wartime” and a last discharge or release under honorable conditions.

Guard Members

For Guard Members to qualify they must have 180 days of Active Duty service and have been activated under Title 10 of the U.S. code or Title 32 of the U.S. code or Massachusetts General Laws, chapter 33, sections 38, 40, and 41 must have Active service at least “ONE DAY” of which was during war time, per the above days.

Reservists

To qualify, they must have been called to active duty, at which time their eligibility can be determined by the above dates.