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What is Considered Wartime?

It seems that we’ve had a lot of people apply for Pension lately, and that made me think about the requirements. Regardless if you are applying for Pension or Survivors Pension, one of the requirements is serving during wartime. Obviously there is a War going on now, but what about in the past? What are the dates, and what exactly constitutes “Wartime?”

Perhaps it’s because I was never much of history buff, or maybe it’s because I’m more familiar with some periods than others, but I do have trouble remembering when certain wars started and ended. I feel I am not alone on this subject. This is especially the case when talking to those who want to file for Survivor’s Pension. They may know that their spouse served, but it’s possible they didn’t know them at the time, and thus they are not aware of eligibility. Granted most of us know that Vietnam was in the 60’s and 70’s but recalling the exact dates can be difficult. So, the following list should prove helpful if you are thinking about applying for Pension. This list is provided by the VA:

•World War I (April 6, 1917 – November 11, 1918)

•World War II (December 7, 1941 – December 31, 1946)

•Korean conflict (June 27, 1950 – January 31, 1955)

•Vietnam era (February 28, 1961 – May 7, 1975 for Veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam during that period; otherwise August 5, 1964 – May 7, 1975)

•Gulf War (August 2, 1990 – through a future date to be set by law or Presidential Proclamation)

If you want to apply for Pension, and served, or were married to a Veteran who served, during the time listed above, then you may be eligible for benefits. To learn more about Pension, or VA Disability Compensation, give our office a call today. Its toll free and we will be more than willing to answer any questions you may have. If you would like to receive a call from our office, fill out our contact form now.

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