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 Health Programs for Veterans

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VHA offers tools and information to connect Veterans with the health support services they need.

Beyond the doctors and nurses who provide you with high-quality health care, VHA offers tools and information to help you reach your optimal health. Tools like My HealtheVet enable you to manage your medical priorities through an online prescription refill service, personal health journal, and links to Federal and VA benefits. Use the health support services listed below to maintain your physical and mental wellness.

Blind Rehabilitation
Support for blind and low vision Veterans and their families

Support and services for those who care for Veterans

Attending to the spiritual health needs of Veterans

Community Living Centers
Short-stay and long-stay nursing home care for Veterans who are medically and mentally stable

Compensated Work Therapy
A vocational rehabilitation program that endeavors to match and support work ready veterans in competitive jobs.

Dental Care Benefits
Facts regarding dental eligibility criteria and information to assist Veterans in understanding their eligibility for VA dental care.

Disease Prevention
Advocating for health promotion, disease prevention, and health education for our nation’s Veterans

Fisher House
A "home away from home" for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers

Geriatrics & Extended Care
Geriatric and extended care services for Veterans including non-institutional and institutional options

Homeless Services
In our efforts to end Veteran homelessness within the next five years, the VA offers a variety of resources, programs and benefits to assist Veterans who are homeless.

Mental Health
Maintaining and improving the health and well-being of Veterans through excellence in health care, social services, education, and research

Anywhere, anytime Internet access to VA health care information and services

National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
The center of excellence for research and education on the prevention, understanding and treatment of PTSD

Online prescription refills provided through My HealtheVet (Requires Login)

Prosthetics and Sensory Aids
The premier source of prosthetic and orthotic services, sensory aids, medical equipment, and support services for Veterans

Readjustment Counseling (Vet Centers)
Offers services to eligible Veterans and their families in an effort to aid their successful transition from military to civilian life

Rural Health
Improving access and quality of care for Veterans living in rural areas

Smoking Cessation
Resources and tools to help smokers quit

Substance Abuse Programs
Treatments addressing all types of problems related to substance use, from unhealthy use of alcohol to life-threatening addictions

Connecting health records and services to Veterans and providers

Veterans Crisis Line
The Veterans Crisis Line (Dial 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1) is a toll-free, confidential resource that connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring VA responders

Weight Management
The MOVE! program: helping veterans lose weight, keep it off and improve their health

Women Veterans Health Care
Implementing positive changes in the provision of care for all women Veterans


Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that affects the protective membranes surrounding the lungs, heart and abdominal cavity mainly caused by asbestos exposure.

Services We Offer to Veterans:

·         Two retired Navy Veterans who provide 1-on-1 assistance with veterans and their families.

·         Assistance with filing VA claims to ensure veterans get maximum benefits.

·         Informational books and literature.

·         Help with finding local VA treatment centers & doctors specializing in asbestos-related disease treatment.

·         Support group access.

All of the services provided are free of charge.

For the latest on Mesothelioma Awareness

Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that affects the protective membranes surrounding the lungs, heart and abdominal cavity mainly caused by asbestos exposure.

Jasmine McCarthy

(321) 209-1391

Public Outreach Department

Mesothelioma Center at

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Apply for VA Health Benefits

Your comprehensive VA Health Benefits Package includes all the necessary inpatient hospital care and outpatient services to promote, preserve, or restore your health. Please click here to determine if you are eligible for VA Health Care.

The first step in accessing valuable VA health benefits is to apply! There are several methods available to apply. Once your application is received and processed, you will receive written notification of your enrollment status in the VA health care system. Why wait? Apply Today!



If you served in the active military, naval or air service and are separated under any condition other than dishonorable, you may qualify for VA health care benefits.

Returning Service Members (OEF/OIF/OND)

If you served on active duty in a theater of combat operations after November 11, 1998, you may be eligible for an extended period of free VA health care benefits.

Returning Servicemembers (OEF/OIF/OND)

Your service has earned your access to enhanced VA health care benefits. In order to take advantage of these benefits, OEF/OIF/OND Veterans need to enroll in VA's health care system. Don't delay, apply today!

Enhanced Eligibility For Health Care Benefits

Veterans who served in a theater of combat operations after November 11, 1998 are eligible for an extended period of eligibility for health care for 5 years post discharge.

Under the "Combat Veteran" authority, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides health care services and community living care for conditions possibly related to military service and enrollment in Priority Group 6, unless eligible for enrollment in a higher priority group to:

Combat Veterans who were discharged or released from active service on or after January 28, 2003, are eligible to enroll in the VA health care system for 5 years from the date of discharge or release.

The 5-year enrollment period begins on the discharge or separation date of the service member from active duty military service, or in the case of multiple call-ups, the most recent discharge date.
Combat Veterans, while not required to disclose their income information, may do so to determine their eligibility for a higher priority status, beneficiary travel benefits, and exemption of copays for care unrelated to their military service.

Who's Eligible?

Veterans, including activated Reservists and members of the National Guard, are eligible if they served on active duty in a theater of combat operations after November 11, 1998, and have been discharged under other than dishonorable conditions.

Are you a combat Veteran and want to find out how this law affects you?
Fill out the Returning Servicemembers Calculator

Documentation Used To Determine Service in a Theater Of Combat Operations

  • Military service documentation that reflects service in a combat theater, or
  • Receipt of combat service medals, and/or
  • Receipt of combat tax exemption, imminent danger or hostile fire pay

Health Benefits Under The "Combat Veteran" Authority

  • Medical care and medications provided for conditions potentially related to combat service
  • Enrollment in Priority Group 6 unless eligible for enrollment in a higher priority group
  • Full access to VA's Medical Benefits Package

What Happens After The Enhanced Eligibility Period Expires?

Veterans who enroll with VA under this authority will continue to be enrolled even after their enhanced eligibility period ends. At the end of their enhanced eligibility period, Veterans enrolled in Priority Group 6 may be shifted to a lower priority group depending on their income level, and required to make applicable copays.

What About Combat Veterans Who Do Not Enroll During Their Enhanced Authority Period?

For those Veterans who do not enroll during their enhanced eligibility period, eligibility for enrollment and subsequent care is based on other factors such as: a compensable service-connected disability, or the Veteran's financial circumstances. For this reason, combat Veterans are strongly encouraged to apply for enrollment within their enhanced eligibility period, even if no medical care is currently needed.


Veterans who qualify under this special eligibility are not subject to copays for conditions potentially related to their combat service. However, unless otherwise exempted, combat Veterans must either disclose their prior year gross household income OR decline to provide their financial information and agree to make applicable copays for care or services VA determines are clearly unrelated to their military service.

Dental Care

Eligibility for VA dental benefits is based on very specific guidelines and differs significantly from eligibility requirements for medical care. Combat Veterans may be authorized dental treatment as reasonably necessary for the one-time correction of dental conditions if:

  • They served on active duty and were discharged or released from active duty under conditions other than dishonorable from a period of service not less than 90 days and
  • The certificate of discharge or release does not bear a certification that the Veteran was provided, within the 90-day period before the date of such discharge or release, a complete dental examination
  • Appropriate dental service and treatment indicated by the examination to be needed and
  • Application for VA dental treatment is made within 180 days of discharge or release under conditions other than dishonorable)

Additional Information

Additional information is available at the nearest VA medical facility. Veterans can also call VA toll-free at 877-222-VETS (8387).

Certain Veterans may be eligible for more than one Enrollment Priority Group. In that case, VA will always place you in the highest Priority Group that you are eligible.  Under the VA Health Benefits Package, the same services are generally available to all enrolled Veterans.
Once enrolled, you will receive a personalized Veterans Handbook, which will detail your VA health benefits and provide important information concerning your access to VA health care.


Other Beneficiaries

Active Duty Servicemembers

Active duty service members separating or retiring may be eligible for VA Health Benefits.

Family Members of Veterans

Under certain circumstances, family members of Veterans are eligible for health benefits. This section provides a brief overview of CHAMPVA, Spina Bifida, CWVV and Caregiver Programs.


Ways to Apply


Complete VA Form 10-10EZ, Application for Health BenefitsPDF Icononline

.By Telephone

Call our toll-free number at 877-222-VETS (8387)

In Person

Complete the "Application for Health Benefits" at your local VA. Find a VA medical center.