You can fill one out online or at a VA Medical Center.If you are an Iraq or Afghanistan Veteran, there are special combat Veteran benefits from VA, like temporary access to dental care and guaranteed access to Priority 6 for five years (unless you are eligible for a higher priority group). Also, if new regulations are established regarding health benefits, VA will automatically reassess your case if it’s on file.Status: False You can receive VA hospital and outpatient care for any ailment, service connected or not if you are enrolled in the VA healthcare system, but you may have to pay a copayment.
However, if the same Vet goes into surgery to remove an appendix and it’s not service connected, he may be subject to a co-pay depending on the amount of his disability rating and other factors. A small number of Veterans, such as those with bad conduct discharges that VA has determined were issued under conditions other than honorable and who are not subject to certain statutory bars to benefits, can only be treated for their service connected disabilities and nothing else.If one of those Vets is service connected for their left foot, they can only use VA health care for their left foot and nothing else.Status: It depends If you do not have a service connected disability, you may want to use VA’s financial calculator to see if you qualify for free VA care, medication and travel benefits.Rumor mills are permanent fixtures in schools, offices and wherever people congregate, and most of the time they’re pretty innocuous.But myths and rumors that deal with health–in this case Veterans health–are a serious matter that can prevent qualified Vets from seeking the care they both need and deserve.
Many have come up in the comments section, and others I hear from the guys in my old unit.
The myths won’t die unless they are addressed publicly and clearly, so we present you with the most common we hear, and the straightforward answers they need.
Status: False One of the most common myths revolves around eligibility for health care at VA.
Many think that you have to first establish a disability rating before you can start to make appointments, see doctors and receive medication. If you served in the military, even during peace time, and were honorably discharged, you likely qualify for VA care.
Even if you don’t meet those requirements, special circumstances might apply, like Vietnam service, exposure to Agent Orange and household income.
The best way to find out if you qualify is to submit an application for health benefits.