Veterans of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) were often exposed to occupational hazards that could cause serious health issues. These health risks were similar to hazards encountered by U.S. Navy personnel, such as noise and vibration (guns, equipment and machinery), and exposure to asbestos, industrial solvents, paint, lead, radiation and PCBs. Read more
Veterans of the U.S. Coast Guard who served full-time are eligible for Veterans Administration (VA) benefits including disability compensation, health care, pensions, home loans, life insurance, vocational rehabilitation and employment for veterans with service-connected disabilities; and education, training and career counseling.
For most benefits, there is no minimum length of service required if the veteran enlisted prior to September 8, 1980. On or after September 8, 1980, the veteran must have served their full enlistment period or, if less, 24 months of continuous active duty. Read more