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Is a reservist called to active duty in support of Operation Noble Eagle eligible for two free years of health care?

Published 11/16/2004 11:22 AM   |    Updated 03/01/2011 11:55 AM
Is a reservist called to active duty in support of Operation Noble Eagle eligible for two free years of health care?

A limited number of these individuals may qualify for Combat Veteran Status and eligibility for the five years of free health care for conditions related to their military service if they received Hostile Fire or Imminent Danger Pay during their period of service in support of this operation. Operation Noble Eagle refers to U.S. military operations in homeland defense and civil support to U.S. federal, state and local agencies. A number of individuals were ordered to active duty to support this operation but the majority do not qualify as Combat Veterans.

In order to be eligible for VA health care as a combat veteran, the veteran must have served in a combat theater of operations after November 11, 1998 or have received Hostile Fire or Imminent Danger Pay on or after that date.