Reserve and National Guard: Deployment Benefits
The Department of Veterans' Affairs offers a number of benefit programs to Reserve members. To be eligible, you must have completed at least 181 consecutive days of active duty service, and be discharged or separated under honorable conditions. The DD form 214 will be required to establish your eligibility. Benefits include medically related services for service members who have a service-connected disability, and vocational rehabilitation (job training) for those with a service connected disability. The VA also offers a home loan guarantee with a low interest rate, no down payment, and a long repayment period for qualifying members. To learn more, visit the Veteran Benefits webpage at Military.com.
The educational programs and services available are extensive for Reserve members on active duty for more than 30 days. For more detailed information, see the Education Channel.
Montgomery GI Bill: Reservists who enlist, reenlist or extend in the Reserve force for a period of six years are eligible for this benefit. This program requires no contribution and can provide up to approximately $9,000 for qualified Reservists attending a Veterans Affairs approved school. Reservists have 10 years after becoming eligible to use the benefits. Notice of Basic Eligibility is provided to qualifying members. To learn more, visit the MGIB webpage at Military.com.
Reserve and Guard members who are called up to active duty for more than 30 daysare eligible for TRICARE benefits (both you and your family are eligible). For more details see the medical benefits section.