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Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Resources

Eligibility

Summary: If you served in the active military service and were separated under any condition other than dishonorable, you may qualify for VA health care benefits. Current and former members of the Reserves or National Guard who were called to active duty by a federal order and completed the full period for which they were called or ordered to active duty may be eligible for VA health benefits as well.

Website: www.vets.gov/health-care/eligibility/

Contact Information: 1 (877) 222-VETS (8387)

 

Health Benefit Explorer

Summary: Answer a few questions about yourself (you will be asked no more than fifteen) to learn about the VA health care benefits you could receive as an enrolled Veteran. Afterwards, you should apply for enrollment online to receive your official determination of your enrollment benefits.

Website: http://hbexplorer.vacloud.us/

 

Enrollment

Summary: Once you’ve figured out if you qualify, applying for VA health care benefits is easy. Learn what documents and information you need and how to apply. VA’s goal is to process all applications for enrollment in VA healthcare within five business days. If the healthcare application is complete and contains all necessary information, the application is processed and an enrollment decision is sent to the applicant by mail. Once a Veteran is enrolled, that Veteran remains enrolled in the VA health care system and maintains access to certain VA health benefits.

Website: www.vets.gov/health-care/apply/

Contact Information: 1 (877) 222-VETS (8387)

 

Benefits

VA provides a number of resources to help Veterans and their families understand their benefits.

IB 10-185 Health Care Benefits Overview 2018, Vol 1

Summary: This guide (available in both English and Spanish) is designed to provide Veterans and their families with the information they need to understand VA's health care system – eligibility requirements, the health benefits and services available to help Veterans, and copays that certain Veterans may be charged.

Website: www.va.gov/healthbenefits/resources/epublications.asp

 

VA Health Care and Service Members

Summary: When service members leave active duty, they may be eligible for benefits offered by TRICARE and the VA, depending whether they retire or how they separate from the military. A retiring, service member is eligible for TRICARE as a military retiree and may also be eligible for certain VA health care benefits. Service members who separate due to a service-connected disease or injury may be eligible for VA health care benefits as well as certain TRICARE benefits.

Website: www.va.gov/HEALTHBENEFITS/apply/active_duty.asp

 

VA Polytrauma System of Care

Summary: The Polytrauma System of Care includes four Polytrauma Rehabilitation Centers and 21 Polytrauma Network Sites. VA will soon be adding Polytrauma Support Clinics, which will provide outpatient care and post-release follow-up even closer to home.

Website: www.polytrauma.va.gov/facility_locations.asp?isFlash=1

 

Recreational Activities for Blind Veterans

Summary: VA and a number of athletic and recreational organizations offer recreational activities for blind Veterans. Learn how to get involved.

Website: www.rehab.va.gov/PROSTHETICS/blindrehab/recreation.asp

 

VHA Optometry

Summary: Within the Office of Specialty Care Services in the Office of Patient Care Services at VA Central Office, optometry and ophthalmology are equal partners working together to provide the full spectrum of primary, secondary and tertiary eye care services.

Website: www.va.gov/optometry/

 

VHA Patient Advocacy Program

Summary: The Patient Advocacy Program is for all Veterans and their families who receive care at VHA facilities and clinics. If you need help getting care or getting your problems resolved, talk to the Patient Advocate at your VA Medical Center.

Website: www.va.gov/health/patientadvocate/