U.S. Army Reserve Veterans Benefits

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Veterans of the United States Army Reserve are entitled to many benefits. The benefits for veterans who retire after 20 years of reserve service are greater than for those who retire with less than 20 years of service. These benefits cover health care, burial and funeral benefits, and other privileges.

Health Care

  • Veterans who leave the Army Reserves after less than 20 years of service are not entitled to health care from the Veterans Administration (VA), unless they leave the Reserves due to a disability. Those who retire with more than 20 years of service are entitled to full health care benefits at any VA hospital or medical facility.

ID Card/Military Installation Access

  • Only Army Reserve veterans who retire with over 20 years of service are granted a retiree military identification card and lifetime access to military installations.

PX/Commissary

  • Army Reserve veterans must be retired with over 20 years of military service to enjoy unlimited shopping privileges at any Army/Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) Post Exchange or Base Exchange, or any Defense Commissary location.

Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI)

  • Army Reserve veterans who retire with over 20 years of military service may take advantage of SGLI policies in amounts of up to $400,000 at very low premiums.

Burials/Funerals

  • All Army Reserve veterans are entitled to military funeral benefits, to include a flag and a bugler to sound "Taps." Those who retire with more than 20 years of service are entitled to a full color guard with firing squad.

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