When you talk to other veterans, are you surprised to learn that they don’t receive their health care through VA? You can hear the same reasons over and over again – they already have private health insurance they haven’t fought or they aren’t the type of veteran VA usually deals with. This two-part article helps you dispel such myths.
By sharing this information with your fellow veterans, you can help them understand VA health care and encourage them to access the care they deserve.
MYTH: I am not the typical VA patient.
FACT: Veterans from all walks of life receive primary and specialty care from VA.
No matter who you are or what your medical needs are, VA is ready to care for all eligible veterans. VA offers programs and services for a wide range of veterans, including female veterans, Minority veterans, Veterans with mental health issues, LGBTQ+ veteransand age Where disabled veterans.
The care provided ranges from state-of-the-art prosthetics to routine primary care and everything in between. VA provides care to support wellness, illness and injury, mental health and trauma-related needs, substance use issues, women’s health needs and much more.
MYTH: Women will not be able to get the care they need through VA.
FACT: VA provides a wide range of care for female veterans.
Based on feedback from women veterans, VA has improved its services offered. As more female veterans use VA healthcare, the offerings will continue to grow. VA offers primary care, mental health assistance, gynecological care, military sexual trauma (STD) counseling, and reproductive health care.
If a service is not offered at your local facility, VA may cover services at another location. Contact your local establishment to find out what services are available locally.
MYTH: Only veterans are eligible for VA health care.
FACT: Combat is not a requirement to qualify for VA health care.
You may be eligible for VA health care benefits if you served in the military and did not receive a dishonorable discharge. Some veterans may even qualify for enhanced eligibility status, which increases the likelihood of getting benefits. Learn more about these requirements here. Even if you are not eligible for VA health care benefits, you can still get care for certain needs. These needs include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, substance abuse, or mental and physical health issues related to STDs.
Find out about your eligibility
As a veteran receiving care from an exceptional team in Virginia, I encourage you to get the comprehensive care you need. To visit www.choose.va.gov/health to learn more about eligibility and apply today. If you’ve already registered, help us bust the myths and encourage other veterans to apply.