I'm an active duty vet from 68-71 and thought I'd call the local VA hospital to see if I'm eligible for medical care. I'm not, because last year our (note our) income was greater than $32K. We also wouldn't qualify if our income and assets totaled more than $80K. They asked a few questions like am I disabled or do I have a purple heart (no to both). Basically, if you weren't wounded or disabled and make a couple bucks above the poverty level, you won't be eligible.