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Veterans' Services

Health Care Eligibility & Enrollment

Standard Medical Benefits Package

VA’s medical benefits package provides the following health care services to all enrolled veterans.

Preventative Care Services

  • Immunizations
  • Physical Examinations
  • Health Care Assessments
  • Screening Tests
  • Health Education Programs

Ambulatory (Outpatient) Diagnostic & Treatment Services

  • Emergency outpatient care in VA facilities
  • Medical
  • Surgical (including reconstructive/plastic surgery as a result of disease or trauma)
  • Chiropractic Care
  • Mental Health
  • Bereavement Counseling
  • Substance Abuse

Hospital (Inpatient) Diagnostic & Treatment

  • Emergency inpatient care in VA facilities
  • Medical
  • Surgical (including reconstructive/plastic surgery as a result of disease or trauma)
  • Chiropractic Care
  • Mental Health
  • Substance Abuse

Medications & Supplies

  • Prescription medications
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Medical and surgical supplies

Special VA Health Care Eligibility For Veterans Who Served in Combat Theaters:

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has implemented policies and procedures providing for 2 years – beginning on the date of separation from active duty military service – free health care services and nursing home care for soldiers/veterans who are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Who is Eligible?

Veterans are eligible if they served on active duty in a theater of combat operations during a period of war after the Gulf War or in combat against a hostile force during a period of “hostilities” after November 11, 1998, and have been discharged under other than dishonorable conditions.

Are National Guard and Reserve Members also Eligible?

Yes, under certain conditions. National Guard and Reserve members are eligible for VA health care if they were ordered to active duty by a federal declaration, served the full period for which they were called or ordered to active duty, and have separated from active military service under other than dishonorable conditions.

What Form Should Those Seeing Care Bring to the VA?

Active duty, National Guard and Reserve members who were activated to a combat mission and then separated from active duty receive a DD form 214, and are eligible for this program. Individuals seeking services under this authority should bring their DD form 214 when reporting to a VA health care facility.

What is Covered?

This benefit covers all illnesses and injuries except those clearly unrelated to military service. Care may not be provided for any disability found to have resulted from a cause other than the military service in an area of combat operations. Coverage extends for a two year period following separation from active military service.

ANY NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE RETURNING FROM IRAQ OR AFGHANISTAN NEEDS TO CONTACT THIS OFFICE TO FILE FOR VA BENEFITS AND MEDICAL TREATMENT AT THE VAMC. THIS OFFICE WILL ASSIST IN FILING VA SERVICE CONNECTED CLAIMS. OUR PHONE NUMBER IS (586) 469-5315.