Eligibility for State Benefits

Base Criteria
In order to be eligible to apply for the various programs offered by the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, you must currently be a resident, have at least 2 years of active duty and meet one of the following criteria:
  • Originally joined the Armed Forces from the State of Wisconsin and were a resident of the state at that time.
  • Have lived in the State of Wisconsin for 5 consecutive years at any time in your life.
Special Circumstance Criteria
There are some "special" circumstances under which you need not have completed a full 2 years of active service. These include:
  • 90 days of active duty during a designated war period
  • Have been awarded certain campaign or expeditionary medals
  • Certain National Guard or Reserve members may also qualify
Survivors of eligible veterans may also qualify for some benefits.