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Foreign Medical Program

The Foreign Medical Program (FMP) is a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care benefits program for U.S. Veterans who are residing or traveling abroad and have VA-rated, service-connected disabilities. Under FMP, VA assumes payment responsibility for certain necessary health care services received in foreign countries and associated with the treatment of service-connected disabilities, or any disability associated with and held to be aggravating a service-connected condition. (Veterans living in Canada are under the jurisdiction of FMP; however, inquiries and claims must be directed to the Foreign Countries Operations in Canada. See contact information below.) Additionally, VA may authorize necessary foreign medical services for any condition for a Veteran participating in the VA Vocational Rehabilitation Program (38 U.S.C. 31). 

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How to apply for FMP

Enrolling in FMP is simple. Send your full name, mailing address, address of residence (including country), U.S. Social Security number and VA claim number to:

Chief Business Office Purchased Care
Foreign Medical Program (FMP)
P.O. Box 469061
Denver, CO 80246-9061

We will confirm your service-connected disabilities and send you a benefits authorization letter, which outlines the medical conditions we cover. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: A copy of your rating decision that includes the listing and description of all service‑connected disabilities is required to determine Veteran eligibility. If you do not have a copy of your rating decision, FMP will request one from your servicing VA Regional Office.

Although Veterans who are permanently relocating to a country under the FMP Office's jurisdiction are encouraged to notify the FMP Office upon establishing a permanent, foreign mailing address, service-connected Veterans who are simply traveling abroad need not bother with notification. However, program information is available upon request.

For more information visit the Foreign Medical Program (FMP) website.

Updated: March 2016