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Overview of VA health care

Other than Honorable (OTH) discharge? You may qualify for VA medical benefits.

VA provides world-class health care to eligible Veterans, including those with Other Than Honorable discharge status. You may be eligible for care for certain health issues related to your military service. Medical and mental health services may include outpatient care, inpatient services, residential care, and telehealth services. You may also be eligible for counseling at a VA Vet Center.

Apply now for health care, and while your application is being reviewed, VA may treat you for:

  • Your VA-rated service-connected disability
  • Any conditions related to sexual assault or sexual harassment experienced during your service
  • Mental or behavioral health, if you served at least 100 days in the military and served in a combat theater or piloted a drone in a combat theater
  • Any mental health issues related to your service if you’re in distress or crisis

To access free VA mental health services right away:

Discharge Upgrade

You can also request a discharge upgrade at the same time you apply for VA health care, as it could make you eligible for additional benefits. All branches of the military consider you to have a strong case for a discharge upgrade if you can show your discharge was connected to any of these categories:

  • Mental health conditions, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Sexual assault or harassment during military service (at VA, we refer to this as military sexual trauma or MST)
  • Sexual orientation (including under the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy)

How to Apply for VA Health Care

  • Apply Online

    The fastest and easiest way to get access to your benefits is to apply using your computer or mobile device.

  • Apply By Phone

    Call 1-877-222-8387 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST.

  • Apply By Mail

    Print, fill out, and mail VA Form 10-10EZ to

    Health Eligibility Center
    Enrollment Eligibility Center
    2957 Clairmont Road, Suite 200
    Atlanta, GA 30329-1647
  • Apply In Person

    Visit the nearest VA medical center or clinic.

Eligibility

Some benefits may also be used by active service members, reservists, and National Guard members as well as eligible spouses, children, and survivors of Veterans and service members. Consult the VA benefits booklet or visit the nearest VA regional office for character of discharge requirements and more detailed information.

Page last updated on October 6, 2021

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