Eligibility requirements for VA Healthcare

Written by: Bridget Daniels Carlson
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December 16, 2010 · Veterans Issues · · 1,019 views

Many are under the false impression that because you served in the Armed Forces, you automatically qualify for VA Healthcare as long as you were honorably discharged. This is simply not true. Here are the basic requirements you must meet:

Either of these must apply:

  • You served in the active military, naval, or air service and were honorably discharged or released
  • You were/are a Reservist or National Guard member and you were called to active duty by a Federal Order (for other than training purposes) and you completed the full call-up period

And one of these must apply:

  • You were discharged or separated for medical reasons, early out, or hardship
  • You served in theater of combat operations within the past 5 years
  • You were discharged from the military because of a disability (not preexisting)
  • You are a former Prisoner of War
  • You received a Purple Heart Medal
  • You receive VA pension or disability benefits
  • You receive state Medicaid benefits

If you do not meet the above, VA health care benefits may be based on other special factors such as service in Vietnam, other military history factors or even household income. The best way to find out if you qualify is to apply for VA health care benefits.

Bridget Daniels Carlson (149 Posts)

Bridget is a Mother to 4 and has been a Military Wife for 13 years. She is the author of the Dear Military Spouse column which currently appears on the USMC Hangout website and Examiner.com where she is the National Military Marriage Examiner. She is outspoken, loves a good debate, and doesn't like when people beat around the bush. She's never had a problem "telling it like it is". FTC Disclaimer About Reviews: The Company or Publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or product unless otherwise stated in the review. However, I will always give my honest opinion of any book or product I review, no matter the circumstances in which I received it.



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