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SD Veteran - Definition

The South Dakota Division of Veterans Affairs (DVA) follows state law that defines a veteran as any person who was separated or discharged from the Armed Forces honorably or under honorable conditions and whose period of service meets one of the following criteria:

WORLD WAR I - Active duty for one day, or more, between the dates of:

      April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918 OR;

      July 28, 1914 to November 11, 1918 for any US citizen serving on active duty with an allied nation.

WORLD WAR II - Active duty for one day, or more, between the dates of:

      December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946 OR;

      September 1, 1939 to December 31, 1946 for any US citizen serving on active duty with an allied nation.

KOREA/VIETNAM - Active duty for one day, or more, between the dates of:

      June 25, 1950 to May 7, 1975

SOUTHWEST ASIA - Active duty for one day, or more, between the dates of:

      August 2, 1990 to March 3, 1991

OTHER QUALIFYING PERIODS OF SERVICE - Any military service during which the individual received an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, or other United States campaign or service medal for participation in combat operations against hostile forces outside the boundaries of the United States.

SERVICE CONNECTED DISABILITY - Veterans who have been rated as service connected by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are eligible for state veterans benefits regardless of when they served on active duty.

NOTE: Active duty for training by National Guardsmen and Reservists is not considered as active duty time for state veteran benefit purposes.

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