*I wrote the following article 6 years ago. It is currently published in an online magazine called eHow.com. Here is a short snippet. Then, click the “Read more here” link to read the entire article.
Military veterans are men and women who have undergone an honorable discharge from the United States Armed Forces. Men and women who receive “other than honorable” discharges do not receive veteran status. Military veterans receive various benefits.
If the Armed Forces has honorably discharged him, a veteran injured during active duty may receive disability benefits. The amount paid to the veteran depends on the disability, and the benefits are tax free. The veteran must submit VA Form 21-526, Veterans Application for Compensation and/or Pension, to the Department of Veterans Affairs in order to apply for benefits, and she should attach any discharge or separation papers, dependency records, doctors’ reports and hospital records if possible.
An honorably discharged veteran may receive a pension. He must also have served at least 90 days of active military service, and one of those days must have fallen during a period of war. Those who entered active duty after September 7, 1980, must have served at least 24 months or the full period ordered to active duty. Their countable family income must remain below a yearly limit set by law. The yearly limit varies depending on the veteran’s number of dependents. The veteran must have reached the age of 65 or older or be totally disabled. The disability must not result from the veteran’s own misconduct. A veteran unsure of her qualifications may still apply for benefits. The Department of Veterans Affairs will determine qualifications and notify the veteran. [Read more here.]