Qualifying for support
We offer support to veterans with qualifying service, who need help for independence or have service-related injuries or illnesses. We may also be able to help their families.
Service must be with the NZ Forces, and be:
service before 1 April 1974; or
Service-related injury or illness not needed
Some support may be accessed even without an injury or illness linked to the qualifying service:
- Veterans' Independence Programme — for veterans who need help to stay independent in their homes
- Weekly Income Compensation — for veterans with service in Viet Nam or before 1 April 1974, who can’t work because of injury or illness (needn’t be service-related)
- Veteran's Pension (administered by MSD) (external link) — for veterans with Qualifying Operational Service, at NZ Superannuation age (partners may be included).
Service-related injury or illness needed
Support may also be accessed for a service-related injury, illness or death. Depending on your situation, such support may include:
We’ll accept an injury, illness or death as service-related in the following situations.
Conclusively Presumed Injury or Illness — where the injury or illness is on a list of conditions automatically accepted (for a specific deployment).
Paired Organ — where the loss or impairment is to a Paired Organ; and the veteran had already, due to qualifying service:
- lost the matching organ; or
- permanently lost the use of the matching organ.
Qualifying Operational Service [PDF, 230 KB] at time of injury, aggravation or death — where one of these applies:
- the condition (or death) happened during Qualifying Operational Service
- the condition was aggravated during Qualifying Operational Service—but was recorded before in service medical records
- the condition was aggravated during Qualifying Operational Service—but the veteran had it before without realising.
- the veteran’s service, and injury or illness, fully meet a factor in a Statement of Principles; and
- the Statement of Principles is adopted in New Zealand (external link) .
Overseas veteran agencies
If you served with another country's forces, you may be able to access support from that country's veteran department, such as:
- Australian Department of Veterans' Affairs (external link)
- US Department of Veterans Affairs (external link)
- Veterans Affairs Canada (external link)
- Veterans UK (external link) .