Health Benefits for Veterans
Many veterans are eligible for extensive health benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Health benefits include:
If you served on active duty and your discharge was anything other than dishonorable, you may qualify for VA health benefits.
Apply for Medical Benefits
It's easier than ever to apply for VA medical benefits. Visit Vets.gov to apply online or by phone, mail, or in person.
Affordable Care Act and VA Medical Benefits
If you are enrolled in the VA health care system, you meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act health care law.
Complaints about VA Health Care
If you have a complaint about any aspect of your care (healthcare provider, medical facility, etc.) you can:
- Discuss the problem with the provider or his or her supervisor.
- Contact the patient advocate. A patient advocate manages feedback from veterans, family members, and friends.
- Take additional steps.
For more information, call 1-877-222-VETS (1-877-222-8387).
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Mental Health for Veterans
The Department of Veterans Affairs Mental Health program can help veterans and family members dealing with suicidal thoughts, depression, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), sexual trauma, and other issues.
Veterans Crisis Line counselors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
You can also find help through these websites and toll-free numbers:
- The National Call Center for Homeless Veterans - 1-877-424-3838 (1-877-4AID-VET)
- The Women Veterans Call Center - 1-855-VA-WOMEN
- The National Center for PTSD and the PTSD program locator
- VA facility locator- Each VA medical center has mental health specialists.
- Vet Center locator - These VA community-based centers provide a range of counseling, outreach, and referral services.
- Substance Abuse Disorder program locator
- Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, with sections for servicemembers and veterans, as well as for family and caregivers
- inTransition, a voluntary program with coaches who provide psychological health care support to service members and veterans during times of transition. Call 1-800-424-7877. Outside the U.S., call (DSN) 1-800-424-4685.
- Make the Connection, which links vets, friends, and family to information, resources, and solutions for various life issues
- Vets4Warriors - Round-the-clock peer-based support by veterans for veterans, service members, family members, and caregivers. Call 1-855-838-8255 or visit their website to contact them by chat or email.
- The Caregiver Support Line - 1-855-260-3274
- VA Mental Health self-help resources
- The National Center for Telehealth & Technology provides free mobile apps including PTSD Coach (helps you recognize and manage PTSD symptoms as you're experiencing them), Mindfulness Coach (helps reduce stress), Moving Forward (teaches problem-solving skills), and Dream EZ (helps “rewrite” nightmares to make them less intense and less frequent)
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