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Most U.S. Veterans qualify for Veteran’s Administration (VA) health care. You do not have to prove that your illness or injury is service-connected in order to be eligible, and you did not have to serve in combat. It is much easier to qualify for VA Health Care than disability compensation, and if you have been turned down for disability compensation, you should still pursue your VA health care benefits.

VA Health Care Eligibility

VA health care is available to anyone who has been in active military service in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard and whose discharge was not dishonorable. Some Reservists and National Guard members are eligible for VA health care. Additionally, there are many groups, including civilian groups, which are eligible for VA health care because they provided military-related service.

Caregivers of Veterans are also eligible for some VA benefits. The Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010 authorized the VA establish services for caregivers of Veterans. Most of the new services and benefits are only available to caregivers of Veterans who were disabled in the line of duty since September 11, 2001, but there are some services available to caregivers of all Veterans.

VA Health Care Benefits

There is no monthly fee for using VA health care. You may have to pay co-pays for your VA health care, but many Veterans are exempt from co-pays. Several factors can qualify you for free health care through the VA including:

  • Purple Heart
  • Former Prisoner of War
  • Compensable service-connected disabilities
  • Low income

Other special circumstances may apply which can eliminate or reduce your co-pays, and in some situations you may be eligible for a refund for co-pays you have already paid.

When you travel, you take your VA benefits with you for streamlined care. You will not have to re-apply when you move or travel. Mesothelioma patients benefit most from treatment in a cancer center. The VA has cancer centers throughout the country.

To start taking advantage of your VA health care benefits, you must enroll. You can request an appointment when you apply for enrolment, you do not have to wait for approval. An appointment will be scheduled when your application is processed.