Follow these steps to determine eligibility:
Q. Who is eligible?
A. A Veteran is who served at least 90 days of active duty federal service (exclusive of active duty for training) or completed the term of service for which they enlisted, and at least one day during wartime period.
Q. What are the specific dates of service for eligibility?
A.World War I – April 6, 1917 through November 11, 1918, extended to April 1, 1920 for those who served in the Soviet Union. Service after November 11, 1918 through July 1, 1921 qualifies for benefits purposes if active duty was performed for any period during basic World War I period
World War II – December 7, 1941 through December 31, 1946
Korean Conflict – June 27, 1950 through January 31, 1955
Vietnam Era – August 5, 1964 through May 7, 1975. For Veterans who were “in country” before August 5, 1964, the dates are February 28, 1961 through May 7, 1975.
Persian Gulf War – August 2, 1990 through a date to be set by law or Presidential Proclamation.
Q. What is the discharge paper needed?
A. The Department of Defense issues each veteran a DD-214, identifying the veteran’s condition of discharge. This “Report of Separation” contains information routinely required for verification of military service benefits.
You may be able to obtain a copy of this lost document by following this link to the military service records archives: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/
Q. What other documentation may be needed?
A. Additional documentation often includes some or all of the following, depending on the situation:
~Marriage Certificate ~Death Certificate ~Divorce Certificate ~Physician-signed Medical Need
Q. Is there an income limit?
A. There is no set limit on assets, but a general rule of thumb has been $80,000. We are unable to tell you how the government calculates the assets any given applicant may have, so please do not base your application on this $80,000 figure.
Q. Have you completed our online “Request for Services” form?
A. If you are seeking to learn of the Independent or Assisted Living options available to you here in Bakersfield and would like assistance with this free service, please follow this link and complete the “Request for Services” form, and you will be contacted within 24 hours.
Q. What’s next?
A. Once you have completed the above steps, including completion of the “Request for Services” form, you will be contacted by a local representative to assist you in finding the best in home care or assisted living options in Bakersfield and the surrounding areas.