Veterans Health Care: Overview

A visitor leaves the Sacramento Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Rancho Cordova, Calif., on April 2, 2015. Rich Pedroncelli/AP

The Department of Veteran's Affairs is required by law to provide eligible veterans hospital care and outpatient care services that are defined as "needed." VA defines "needed" as care or service that will promote, preserve, and restore health. This includes treatment, procedures, supplies, or services. This decision of need will be based on the judgment of your health care provider and in accordance with generally accepted standards of clinical practice.

There are also health programs you may be eligible for, including treatment for blindness rehabilitation, agent orange exposure, and mental health . For a full overview of all VA healthcare programs, visit the VA Healthcare Program page.

The number of Veterans who can be enrolled in the health care program is determined by the amount of money Congress gives VA each year. Since funds are limited, VA set up Priority Groups to make sure that certain groups of Veterans are able to be enrolled before others.Once you apply for enrollment, your eligibility will be verified. 

Generally, you must be enrolled in the VA healthcare system to receive benefits offered in the Medical Benefits Package. To apply for VA health care benefits, including enrollment, fill out VA Form 10-10EZ, Application for Health Benefits online. The application determines whether you have qualifying service as a veteran, and what your veteran status is so that you can be placed into one of the priority groups

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Here are more details on specific Veterans Health Care Programs:

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A visitor leaves the Sacramento Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Rancho Cordova, Calif., on April 2, 2015. Rich Pedroncelli/AP

You have made many sacrifices as a Veteran, but just because you leave active-duty does not mean that you lose all of your health benefits.

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