Veterans Affairs

Health Care Benefits

Basic Eligiblity
 
A person who served in the active military, naval or air service, and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable may qualify for VA health care benefits including qualifying Reserve and National Guard members.

Minimum Duty Requirements
Veterans who enlisted after September 7, 1980, or who entered active duty after October 16, 1982 must have served 24 continuous months or the full period for which they were called to active duty in order to be eligible.   This minimum duty requirement may not apply to Veterans discharged for hardship, early out, or a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.
If you are a current or former member of the Reserves or National Guard, you must have been called to active duty by a federal order and completed the full period for which you were called or ordered to active duty.    Active duty for training purposes does not qualify.
The minimum duty requirement may not apply if you were discharged for a disability that was caused - or made worse- by your active duty service; or you were discharged for a hardship, or "early out"; or you served prior to September 7, 1980.
 *Note  You may not be eligible for VA care if you received an other than honorable, bad conduct or dishonorable discharge.

Veterans can now schedule appointments on-line

Veterans at more than 100 VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) across the country are now able to request or schedule certain types of appointments online through My HealtheVet.   If you have VA health care benefits, you can schedule or request some of your VA health appointments online if:  You have one of these two types of free VA accounts: My HealtheVet Premium Account  or DS Logon Premium Account; and you are scheduling your appointment with a VA medical facility that accepts online scheduling.
You can schedule a primary care appointment at a participating VA facility where you have had a primary care appointment in the last two years.  You may also be able to schedule specialty appointments, such as outpatient mental health, optometry, and audiology, at participating facilities.
If you do not yet have access to the online scheduling tool, you can still call your facility directly to schedule your appointment.

Emergency Care information from VA website
https://www.va.gov/COMMUNITYCARE/programs/veterans/Emergency_Care.asp
https://www.va.gov/COMMUNITYCARE/docs/pubfiles/factsheets/FactSheet_20-02.pdf

Emergency Transportation (Ambulance)
https://www.va.gov/COMMUNITYCARE/docs/pubfiles/factsheets/FactSheet_20-05.pdf