Normally the answer is No. This group is one of seven uniformed services but is under the direction of United States Department of Health and Human Services. However, Officers of PHS are classified as non-combatants UNLESS directed to serve as part of the armed services by the President. As with all Veteran’s this individual would need to provide documentation of such a directive and a discharge document from the armed services.
Should the applicant receive a compensable service connected disability from the Veterans Administration, the applicant does qualify under the statute. For any individual discharged from USPHS, their application must be reviewed on a case-by-case base.