Military service is classified either as wartime or peacetime service. This distinction is important because there are significant benefits available only to veterans with wartime service. For example, only veterans with wartime service are eligible for non-service-connected disability pension benefits.
- Service in the Merchant Marine during World War II counts the same as Naval Service, providing the veteran was at sea for 90 days
- Women who served in the World War II military, including nurses, qualify as veterans
- Reserves and National Guard are not qualified unless they served 90 days active Federal duty with 1 day during a period of conflict
- The 90 days rule is excepted for those who served less than 90 days but were awarded the Purple Heart, suffered a service connected disability, or were killed in the line of duty
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