Health Issues and Benefits for Veterans

Find information about medical issues and health benefits for veterans.

Health Benefits for Veterans

Many veterans are eligible for extensive health benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Health Administration.

Health benefits include:

Eligibility

If you served on active duty and your discharge was anything other than dishonorable, you may qualify for VA health benefits.

Download the Health Care Benefits Overview publication for additional information.

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.

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.

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)  or 1-800-827-1000.

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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.

  • Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1. Spanish interpreters are available.
  • Chat online
  • Send a text message to 838255

You can also find help through these websites and toll-free numbers:

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Last Updated: August 08, 2017

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