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This guide is designed to provide Veterans and their families with the information they need to understand VA’s health care system – eligibility requirements, health benefits and services available to help Veterans and copayments that certain Veterans may be charged.

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This book is not intended to provide information on all of the health benefits and services offered by VA.  Additional information is available at the following resources:

  • Toll-free at 1-877-222-VETS (8387) Monday - Friday between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET
  • Your local VA health care facility's Enrollment Office

Benefits of Enrolling

VA offers a variety of health care services (see page 17 for the complete list of medical benefits VA offers) from basic primary care to nursing home care for eligible Veterans (see “Available Long-Term Care Services” on page 17).  Enrollment in the VA health care system provides Veterans with the promise that comprehensive health care services will be available when and where they are needed.

In addition to the assurance that services will be available, enrolled Veterans appreciate not having to repeat the application process — regardless of where they seek their care or how often.  VA is America’s largest integrated health care system, serving more than 9 million Veterans each year.

Need more reasons to enroll?

  • You don’t need to take additional steps to meet the health care law coverage standards.
  • Medical care rated among the best in the U.S.
  • Immediate benefits of health care coverage. Veterans can apply for VA health care enrollment at any time.
  • No enrollment fee, monthly premiums or deductibles. Most Veterans have no out-of-pocket costs. Some Veterans may have to pay small copayments for health care or prescription drugs.
  • More than 1,200 VA medical facilities available to get your care. This means your coverage can go with you if you travel or move.
  • Freedom to use other plans with your VA health care, including Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE or private insurance. Enrolled Veterans who are travelling or spending time away from their preferred facility can obtain care at any VA health care facility across the country without having to reapply.
  • Enrolled Veterans who are travelling or spending time away from their preferred facility may obtain care at any VA health care facility across the country without having to reapply.
  • Under VA’s medical benefits package, the same medical benefits are generally available to all enrolled Veterans.

Medical Care for Service-Connected Veterans Abroad

Veterans with a VA-rated, service-connected condition or  any disability associated with and held to be aggravating; or receiving certain care furnished to a Veteran who is participating in a rehabilitation program under 38 U.S.C., chapter 31, can receive treatment for that condition, even in a foreign country (see “Health Benefits for Service-Connected Conditions are Never Out of Reach” on page 27).

High Quality Care

VA is committed to providing the high quality, effective health care Veterans have earned and deserve. We have established a record of safe, exceptional care that is consistently recognized by independent reviews, organizations and experts. VA is recognized as a leader in improving the quality of health by leveraging new technologies, research and relationships with other health care organizations.

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Stay Connected With VA

Share your email address with VA to receive information on VA benefits and services delivered right to your inbox!  Visit the “Stay Connected with VA” box located on VA’s home page at and enter your email address to start receiving information about VA benefits.