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How to apply for VA health care

Find out how to apply for VA health care benefits as a Veteran or service member.

How do I prepare before I start my application?

You'll need this information:

  • Social Security numbers for you, your spouse, and your qualified dependents
  • Your military discharge papers (DD214 or other separation documents)
  • Insurance card information for all insurance companies that cover you, including any coverage provided through a spouse or significant other. This includes Medicare, private insurance, or insurance from your employer. 
  • Gross household income from the previous calendar year for you, your spouse, and your dependents. This includes income from a job and any other sources. Gross household income is your income before taxes and any other deductions.
  • Your deductible expenses for the past year. These include certain health care and education costs.

Note: You don't have to tell us about your income and expenses when you apply. But if you’re not eligible based on other factors, we’ll need this information to decide on your application.

Checking your application status.
Obtenga instrucciones para esta solicitud en Español.

Llene la solicitud para Beneficions de Salud (Forma 10-10EZ).
Obtenga la Forma VA 10-10EZ
Usted o alguien con poder legal para representarlo tiene que firmar la forma, e incluir la fecha en que fué firmada.

  • Si esta usando un poder legal, tendra que incluir una copia de la forma con su solicitud.
  • Si firma con una X, 2 personas que usted conoce tienen que tambien firmar acertando que lo vieron firmar la forma.

Puede mandar su solicitud por correo a esta dirección:

Health Eligibility Center
2957 Clairmont Rd., Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30329

Para llenar su solicitude en persona, encuetre el Centro Médico de Veteranos mas cercano en esta liga:
Encuentre el Centro o Clínica de Veteranos mas cercano a usted
O reciba ayuda por medio del Departmaneto de Veteranos de su estado.
Encuentre el Departamento de Veteranos de su estado

You can also apply in any of these 4 ways

Option 1: Apply by phone

Call our toll-free hotline at 877-222-8387, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET to get help with your application.

Option 2: Apply by mail

Fill out an Application for Health Benefits (VA Form 10-10EZ).
Download VA Form 10-10EZ (PDF)

You or someone acting as your power of attorney must sign and date the form. And:

  • If you’re using a power of attorney, you’ll need to submit a copy of the Power of Attorney form along with your application.
  • If you sign with an “X,” 2 people you know must witness your signature. They’ll also need to sign and print their names on the form.

Send your completed application here:

Health Eligibility Center
2957 Clairmont Rd., Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30329

Option 3: Apply in person

Fill out an Application for Health Benefits (VA Form 10-10EZ).
Download VA Form 10-10EZ (PDF) 

You or someone acting as your power of attorney must sign and date the form. And:

  • If you’re using a power of attorney, you’ll need to submit a copy of the Power of Attorney form along with your application.
  • If you sign with an “X,” 2 people you know must witness your signature. They’ll also need to sign and print their names on the form.

Go to your nearest VA medical center or clinic. Bring a signed Application for Health Benefits (VA Form 10-10EZ) with you.
Find a VA medical center or clinic near you

Or get help through your state’s Department of Veterans Affairs.
Find your state’s Department of Veterans Affairs

Option 4: Apply with the help of a trained professional

You can work with a trained professional called an accredited representative to get help applying for health care benefits.
Get help filing your claim

What happens after I apply?

Find out what happens after you apply

If you’ve also applied for a VA pension or disability benefits, you can check the status of those claims online.
Check the status of your claim

How long does it take VA to make a decision?

Less than 1 week

If more than a week has passed since you gave us your application and you haven’t heard back, please don’t apply again. Call our toll-free hotline at 877-222-8387, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET.


More information about applying

  • To update your personal, insurance, or financial information from an earlier application, fill out a Health Benefits Update Form (VA Form 10-10EZR).

    Download VA Form 10-10EZR (PDF)

  • You may qualify for VA health care and other benefits. View the Application for the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (VA Form 10-10CG).

    Download VA Form 10-10CG (PDF)

  • If you need community nursing home care, domiciliary care, adult day health care, geriatric evaluation, or respite care, you may need to fill out an Application for Extended Care Services (VA Form 10-10EC).

    Download VA Form 10-10EC (PDF)

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