Health Care Benefits Eligibility

If you’re a U.S. Veteran, you may qualify for VA health care benefits. Find out if you can get VA health care benefits.

Can I get VA health care coverage?

You may be able to get VA health care if you served on active duty and separated under conditions other than dishonorable.

You probably qualify for VA health care if at least 1 of these applies to you:

  • You receive financial compensation (payments) from VA for a service-connected disability
  • You were discharged for a disability resulting from something that happened to you in the line of duty
  • You were discharged for a disability that got worse in the line of duty
  • You’re a recently discharged Combat Veteran
  • You get a VA pension
  • You’re a former Prisoner of War (POW)
  • You’ve received a Purple Heart
  • You get (or qualify for) Medicaid benefits
  • You served in Vietnam between January 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975
  • You served in Southwest Asia during the Gulf War between August 2, 1990, and November 11, 1998
  • You served at least 30 days at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987

If none of the above apply to you, you may still qualify for care based on your income. Learn more about how the amount of money your family makes can affect whether you qualify for VA benefits. Learn more about income limits.

If you separated under a dishonorable discharge, visit healthcare.gov to find out if you qualify for health insurance. Go to healthcare.gov.


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How can I find out if I qualify for dental or vision care through VA?

In certain cases, you may get dental or vision care as part of your VA health benefits.

Find out if you can get dental care through VA.

Find out if you can get vision care through VA.