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Know your eligibility for VA health care benefits



  • If you served on active duty and were separated under any condition other than dishonorable, you may qualify for VA health-care benefits.  

  • Current and former members of the National Guard or reserves who were called to active duty by a federal order and completed the full period for which they were called or ordered may also be eligible for VA health benefit.

  • Most Veterans who enlisted after Sept. 7, 1980, or entered active duty after Oct 16, 1981, must have served 24 continuous months or the full period for which they were called to active duty to be eligible. 


  • This minimum duty requirement may not apply to veterans who were discharged for a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, for a hardship ore early out, or those who served prior to Sept 7, 1980.

  • Since there are other exceptions to the minimum duty requirements, VA encourages all veterans to apply to determine enrollment eligibility.

  • Veterans can apply in person at VA medical centers: 

    by phone at ~~~ 1-877-222-8387

  • online at ~~~~~~

Certain Veterans may be afforded enhanced eligibility status when applying and enrolling, including:

  • Former prisoners of war.
  • Those awarded the Purple Heart.
  • Those awarded the Medal of honor
  • Those with a service-connected disability of 10 percent or more.
  • Those with a VA pension.
  • Those discharged from the military because of a disability (not pre-existing), early out or hardship.
  • Those who served in a theater of operation, up to five years after discharge release.
  • Served in the Republic of Vietnam from Jan. 9, 1062 to May 7, 1975.
  • Served on a Navy or Coast Guard ship from Aug. 2, 1990 to Nov. 11, 1998.
  • Those stationed or resided at Camp Lejeune, N.C., for 30 days or more between Aug. 1, 1953 and Dec. 31, 1987.
  • Those found by VA to be catastrophically disabled.
  • Those whose previous year’s household income falls below VA’s national income or geographically adjusted thresholds.

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