Traditional and Technician National Guard and Reserve members typically serve one weekend a month and two weeks a year, and are eligible for some VA benefits. Serving on active duty under Title 10 or full-time National Guard duty under Title 32 may qualify you for additional VA benefits.
A state or territory's governor may activate certain National Guard members for State Active Duty, such as in response to a natural or man-made disaster. State Active Duty is based on state law and funding and does not qualify as active duty for VA benefits. However, National Guard members may also qualify for additional benefits through their state. Contact your state's Veterans agency office for more information.
VA Home Loan benefits help Servicemembers and Veterans purchase, retain, or adapt a home. National Guard and Reserve members may qualify for a VA-guaranteed home loan by meeting one of the following conditions:
Our Loan Guaranty Service administers this program. Learn more about general rules for eligibility and how to apply for a Certificate of Eligibility.
VA Education benefits provide financial support for undergraduate and graduate degrees, vocational and technical training, licensing and certification tests, apprenticeships, and on-the-job training. Traditional and Technician National Guard and Reserve members may be eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR). Eligibility requirements for the MGIB-SR include:
Additional VA education and training benefits are available to National Guard and Reserve members who served on active duty or full-time National Guard duty.
Learn about how to apply on our Apply for Benefits page.
VA Life Insurance programs consider the extra risks involved in military service to provide you and your family with added financial security at competitive rates. Each of the following insurance programs has different eligibility requirements; however, coverage enrollment is automatic for SGLI, FSGLI, and TSGLI.
Disability compensation is a monthly tax-free benefit paid to Veterans who are at least 10% disabled because of injuries or diseases that occurred or were aggravated during active duty or active duty for training. VA also pays Disability Compensation for disabilities from injury, heart attack, or stroke that occurred during inactive duty training. The disability must not be a result of your own willful misconduct, or alcohol or drug abuse.
Veterans with a service-connected disability may also quality for other benefits, including: Automobile Allowance, Clothing Allowance, and Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) or Special Home Adaptation (SHA) Grant.
You can apply for this benefit through eBenefits.
VA provides vocational counseling, job-search assistance, and other education and training services to certain Veterans with a service-connected illnesses or injuries.
Learn more about VA's employment services for Veterans with service-connected disabilities.
VA provides memorial services and allowances to help reimburse burial costs for a Veteran and/or his or her dependents. Burial benefits include burial at a national cemetery, an inscribed headstone, marker, or medallion, an allowance to partially reimburse the burial and funeral costs of a Veteran, a Presidential Memorial Certificate, and an American flag to drape over a Veteran's casket.
Eligibility requires that the Veteran was serving on active duty, or his/her death was due to an injury or disease that developed during, or was aggravated during, active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training.