(b) Twenty-one years of age or older but incapable of self-support
because of a mental or physical disorder that existed before his or her 21st birthday and
is, or was at the time of death of the active duty or retired member, dependent on the
member for over one -half of his or her support.
(c) Twenty-one or twenty-two years of age and pursuing a full-time
course of education. The course must be approved by the Secretary of Defense or the
Secretary of Education, as applicable, or by a State agency under 38 USC 1775.
Further, the person must be, or must have been at the time of death of the active duty
or retired member, dependent for over one-half of his or her support. A child in this
category, who during the school year or between semesters suffers a disabling illness
or injury that interrupts attendance at the institution, remains eligible for care until 6
months after the disability is removed or until his or her 23d birthday, whichever occurs
NOTE: A child includes an unmarried child of a male member who was illegitimate at
the time of birth and who is, or was at the time of death of the active duty or retired
member, dependent on the member for more than one-half of his or her support. The
child must also reside with or in a home provided by the member or the parent who is
the member's spouse. A child also includes the illegitimate child of an active duty or
retired female member. Children in this category are eligible for medical care on the
date of birth since they need not be dependent on the female member for support or
reside in a home provided by the member.
(5) Parent or parent-in-law (natural or a doptive) who is, or was at the time of
death of the active duty or retired member, dependent on the member for over one-half
of his or her support and residing in a dwelling place provided or maintained by the
member. (This does not include a stepparent or person who has assumed the role of a
(6) Family members of foreign nationals. Eligible spouses and children only.
(The same conditions as for U.S. family members apply.)
f. Maximum Hospital Benefit. The point of hospitalization at which the patient's
progress appears to have stabilized and it can be expected that further hospitalization
will not directly contribute to further substantial recovery. A patient who is expected to
continue to improve slowly over a long period of time without specific therapy or medical
supervision, or with only a moderate amount of treatment on an outpatient basis, may
be considered as having attained maximum hospital benefit.
g. Domiciliary/Custodial Care. The care normally given in a nursing home,
convalescent hospital, or similar institution to a patient requiring personal care rather
than active and definitive treatment in a hospital for an acute medical or surgical
condition. It includes but is not limited to nursing care required as a result of old age or