You can fill out and submit an application for VA health benefits using an online form. You may also use a paper form that you download, save for later submission, print and fax or mail back to VA. If you do not want to use the online form or cannot print at home, VA will mail you an application form. You can request an application or get help with it by calling VA at 1-877-222-VETS (8387) Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM (eastern time).
Recently Discharged Veterans
Recently discharged combat veterans have special eligibility for VA hospital care, medical services, and nursing home care for five years following discharge from active duty. The VA also provides free mental health services at Vet Centers. Reservists and National Guard members who were called to active duty by a federal executive order may qualify for VA healthcare benefits.
To learn more about programs for returning veterans, visit www.oefoif.va.gov
Determine your eligibility for VA healthcare on VA's authoritative source for information on veterans' health benefits eligibility. Designed with the veteran in mind, the site provides easy access to VA's comprehensive health benefits, eligibility, and enrollment information. Or call VA Health Benefits Eligibility
1-877-222-VETS (8387). www.va.gov/healtheligibility
At each VA Medical Center, a Women Veterans Program Manager is designated to assist women veterans. She can help coordinate all the services you may need, from primary care to medical services to mental health and sexual abuse counseling.
All VA Medical Centers provide gender-specific healthcare to women veterans within a private, safe setting. Contraception, STD testing, HPV vaccine, specialty GYN care and operative gynecology, breast care including mammography, and rheumatology and osteoporosis specialty care including bone density scanning are available on site or through referral. Referrals are also made to the community for prenatal and fertility treatments. The Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Clinic at the Northampton VAMC provides treatment for urinary incontinence, bowel problems, sexual pain or chronic pelvic pain.