Department of Labor and Regulation

Title - Veterans' Services

Qualifying as a ...

Veteran

To receive Disabled Veterans' Outreach Program (DVOP) services, you must have served on active duty for:

  • More than 180 days and have been discharged or released without a dishonorable discharge, or
  • At least one day and have been discharged or released because of a service-related disability, or
  • At least one day and have been called to active duty under Title 10 during a period of war, or
  • At least one day in a campaign for which a campaign badge is authorized.
  • And have a qualifying Significant Barrier to Employment (SBE), as defined in Veteran's Program Letter (VPL) 03-14 and 04-14.

(Please note: Different criteria apply to qualify for Priority of Service. Please see Veterans Priority of Service for more information.)

Disabled Veteran

You must be:

  • A veteran who is entitled to compensation (or would be entitled if you were not getting military retired pay), or
  • A person who was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-related disability.

Special Disabled Veteran

  • A veteran who is entitled to compensation (or would be entitled if you were not getting military retired pay) for a disability rated at 30 percent or more, or
  • A person who was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-related disability.

Eligible Person

You must be the spouse of:

  • A person who died of a service-related disability, or
  • Any active duty member of the Armed Forces who, at the time of application for assistance, has been listed for 90 or more days as
    • Missing in action, or
    • Captured in the line of duty by a hostile force, or
    • Forcibly detained or interned in the line of duty by a foreign government or power.
  • Any person who has a total permanent disability resulting from a service-related disability, or
  • A veteran who died having a total permanent disability resulting from a service-related disability.


Marcia Hultman, Secretary
700 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501-2291
Tel. 605.773.3101
Fax. 605.773.6184