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Easy Ways to Apply for Enrollment

The very first step in obtaining access to your VA Health Benefits is to apply for enrollment. Effective immediately, Veterans who served in a theater of combat operations after November 11, 1998, can complete applications for enrollment in VA health care by telephone without the need for a signed paper application. All other Veterans may apply by phone starting July 5, 2016.

When Veterans choose to enroll, VA offers an enhancement to their enrollment experience through “Welcome to VA” (W2VA).  W2VA enhances communication by reaching out to newly enrolled Veterans through personal phone calls upon enrollment, providing assistance with health care inquiries and assisting with their initial appointment at their preferred VA healthcare facility. In addition, VA sends each new enrollee an introductory letter and personalized Veterans Health Benefits Handbook in the mail.

For more information about the Veterans Health Benefits Handbook, visit

Here are the convenient ways to apply for enrollment:

By Telephone

The telephone application option is a more convenient way to apply for enrollment, and eliminates the need for a signed paper application.

  • VA staff members will collect the needed information and process the enrollment application for an enrollment determination.
  • To apply, call 1-877-222-VETS (8387), Mon-Fri between 8 am and 8 pm, EST.

Apply Online

Fill out the application online and electronically submit it to VA for processing. No need for additional documents to verify military service. If you were recently discharged, we will get your military information for you.

  • Click here to complete the healthcare application online.
  • Once you complete the application, you may submit your application online.
  • You will immediately receive a confirmation message notifying you that your application has been received.
  • A signature is not required for online registration.
  • For more information about the application process, click here.
  • You will also receive information about the appeals process, if you do not agree with the enrollment decision.

Apply in Person

You may apply in person at your local VA health care facility.

  • Complete the healthcare application online.
  • For more information about the application process, click here.
  • You will also receive information about the appeals process, if you do not agree with the enrollment decision.

By Mail:

Pick up an application at your local VA or download, print, and fill out the 10-10EZ, Application for Health Care English or Spanish language version. Complete the application (be sure to sign it) and mail to:

Health Eligibility Center
2957 Clairmont Road, Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30329-1647


What happens once we process your application?

Find out what happens next, click the application process.

Veterans already enrolled in VA health care can update their information by completing VA Form 10-10EZR, Health Benefits Update Form

If you need Help

For help filling out the form, call 1-877-222-VETS (8387) between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Mon- Fri and a representative will provide assistance. You may also contact your local VA health care facility.

Required Signature

When you apply in person or by mail, you or the person acting as your Power of Attorney must sign and date the form. If your Power of Attorney signs and dates the form you must submit a copy of the Power of Attorney with the form.
If you sign with an "X," then two people that you know must witness you as you sign the form. They must also sign and print their names on the form.

Applicants for Long-Term Care

Applicants for Extended Care Services (also known as Long-Term Care) may be required to complete VA Form 10-10EC, Application for Extended Care Services The form is required for certain Veterans with annual income over the single pension rate and is used to determine your estimated monthly copayment obligations for extended care services which includes community nursing home care, domiciliary care, adult day health care, geriatric evaluation, and respite care.

If you want a doctor’s appointment scheduled,  you may indicate this on the application form.

Obtaining an Appointment

There are many ways for Veterans to make health care appointments at the VA. Explore the options at