War Time Periods

World War I: April 6, 1917 through November 11, 1918

World War II: December 7, 1941 through December 31, 1946

Cold War: September 2, 1945 through December 26, 1991

Korean War: June 27, 1950 through January 31, 1955

Vietnam War: August 5, 1964 through May 7, 1975

*Earlier date of February 28, 1961 for veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam

**For NYS veteran’s benefits, NYS recognizes earlier date of February 28, 1961 for all Vietnam War veterans’.

Gulf War: August 2, 1990 through date to be prescribed by Presidential Proclamation or law