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Benefit Details
Basic Medical Benefits Package for Veterans
Managing Agency Veterans Health Administration (VHA) http://www.va.gov/health

Program Description

Veterans Medical Care Benefits provide outpatient medical services, hospital care, medicines, and supplies to eligible Veterans. Veterans with service-connected disabilities living or traveling overseas must register with the Foreign Medical Program (FMP) regardless of the degree of disability. FMP only covers care for VA related service-connected disabilities.

Anyone who registers on My HealtheVet starts with a Basic Account. This account does not require that you have your identity authenticated*. A Basic Account provides limited access to features in My HealtheVet that you self-enter. You may use the journals and other tools to track your health measures. However, you cannot see your personal information located in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or the Department of Defense (DoD) systems.
*This is a process by which VA verifies a Veterans' identity before allowing access to their VA health record. To learn more, go to: Upgrading your My HealtheVet account through In-Person or Online Authentication.
With a Basic Account you may use My HealtheVet to:
  • Add information to a personal health journal about over-the-counter medications, military health history, medical events, tests and allergies
  • Record and track personal information such as contact information, emergency contacts, health care providers and doctors, and health insurance information
  • Record and track personal health measurements (blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, heart rate, body temperature, weight, pain level, etc.) in Vitals & Readings
  • Print a wallet ID card with the personal information entered into the personal health record
  • Set personal goals. My Goals makes it easy for you to set goals, identify your strengths and tasks, to overcome obstacles, and track your progress. My Goals can be used to help your health care team understand what is important to you

General Program Requirements

If you served in the active military service and were separated under any condition other than dishonorable, you may qualify for VA health care benefits. Current and former members of the Reserves or National Guard who were called to active duty by a Federal order and completed the full period for which they were called or ordered to active duty may be eligible for VA health benefits as well. Combat Veterans who served in a theater of combat operations after November 11, 1998 are eligible to enroll within 5 years from the date of discharge and will receive free health care services and nursing home care for conditions possibly related to their military service. Veterans who served on active duty at Camp Lejeune for not fewer than 30 days between January 1, 1957 and December 31, 1987 are eligible for care for treatment of certain medical conditions regardless of enrollment status and will also receive free health care related to those illnesses or conditions. For more information about the program and for a list of the conditions and illnesses, visit the Camp Lejeune: Past Water Contamination page on VA's website.

For detailed eligibility requirements, please visit the VA Health Benefits homepage.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

The simplest way to apply for VA health benefits is by completing and submitting VA Form 10-10EZ, Application for Health Benefits online.

You may also apply in person at your local VA medical facility, by calling 1-877-222-VETS (8387) or you may mail the completed form to:
VA Health Eligibility Center
2957 Clairmont Road, Suite 200
Atlanta, Georgia 30329

Program Contact Information

If you have questions:
  • Call 1-877-222-VETS (8387)
  • Visit the Inquiry Routing & Information System (IRIS) website to search Frequently Asked Questions or ask a question on-line
  • Call 1-800-829-4833, if you are hearing impaired
To apply for additional Veterans' benefits and view your benefit status, open an eBenefits Premium account. eBenefits is a one-stop source for information on Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs benefits and services. With a free Premium level eBenefits account, Veterans and Servicemembers can conduct self-service transactions such as checking claim status information, GI Bill enrollment, and obtaining copies of civil service preference letters, DD214, and other personal information. For further information and to register for a free Premium level account, visit the eBenefits website.