Because State Active Duty is governed by state law and not federal law, it is NOT considered ″active service″ for the purpose of determining eligibility for VA benefits. When a member of the National Guard is ordered to do state active duty, as opposed to full-time National Guard duty, they are compensated with state money rather than federal monies (The VA is a federally funded agency).
Are members of the National Guard considered veterans?
Under the previous rule, members of the National Guard could only be deemed veterans if they had served for a total of at least 180 days in a federal status other than training. ARLINGTON, Va. — Members of the National Guard who have served for 20 years or more are now eligible for veteran status according to a new law that was just brought into effect.
Are US Army reservists considered veterans?
Members of the United States Guard and Reserve are referred to officially as ″Veterans.″ One of the provisions of the law modified the criteria for determining who might legitimately be referred to as a ″veteran,″ broadening the government’s definition to include Guard and Reservists who had served the country with distinction for a minimum of 20 years.