Who Is A Veteran

Definition of a Veteran to be eligible for MA State Benefits
According to M.G.L. ch.4 s.7, clause 43 a "veteran" is defined to have either:
  • 180 days of regular active duty service and a last discharge or release under honorable conditions
  • 90 days of active duty service, one day of which is during "wartime" per the chart which follows, and a last discharge or release under honorable conditions, except for Vietnam I which requires 180 days of active duty service (see chart that follows).
Guard Members
For Guard Members to qualify they must have either:
  • 180 days and have been activated under Title 10 of the U.S. Code and a last discharge or release under honorable conditions
  • Members who were activated under Title 10 or Title 32 of the U.S. Code of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 33, sections 38,40, and 41 must have 90 days, at least one of which was during wartime, per the chart which follows. The members' last discharge or release must be under honorable conditions.
For VA purposes a “Veteran” is a person who:
  • Served in the active military, naval or air service, and
  • Was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable
Even though this is the definition of a Veteran per the VA, the eligibility criteria varies from benefit to benefit. Please contact us for specific information regarding the benefits you may be interested in.