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Types of Care

Health Care

Overview of VA health care

VA Dental Care

VA offers comprehensive dental care benefits to certain qualifying Veterans. In addition, Veterans enrolled in VA health care may purchase dental insurance at a reduced cost through the VA Dental Insurance Program (VADIP). Beneficiaries of VA’s Civilian Health and Medical Program — a health insurance program for dependents of Veterans — are also eligible for VADIP.

Services offered through VADIP include diagnostic, preventive, surgical, emergency, and endodontic and restorative treatment. Veterans and other beneficiaries who choose to purchase VADIP pay a fixed monthly premium and any copayments required for coverage, depending on the type of plan selected.

VA Vision Care

Veterans who are visually impaired may be eligible for VA’s vision health benefits. VA’s vision care ranges from primary eye care services to intermediate and advanced clinical vision care, including clinical examinations, vision-enhancing devices, and specialized training in the use of innovative vision technology.

VA also offers inpatient rehabilitation centers for Veterans who are blind. These centers focus on enhancing skills such as communication, orientation and mobility, manual skills, and recreational and daily living activities.

Veterans’ Mental Health Services and Coverage

VA health benefits include high-quality mental health services for Veterans, including:

  • Inpatient and outpatient care at VA medical centers
  • Community-based outpatient treatment services
  • Vet Center support, including individual and whole-family services, for post-traumatic stress disorder, military sexual trauma, depression, readjustment, and substance use disorders

Visit VA’s mental health care site to learn more about resources and treatment options.

VA Assisted Living and Home Health Services

VA offers many assisted living and home health services for eligible Veterans, including 132 Community Living Centers that provide short- and long-stay services. Home and community-based services are also available. VA’s Caregiver Support Program provides family caregivers of eligible Veteran services and support to help make sure all Veterans receive quality care. The following additional services may be available:

  • In-home and community-based care
  • Respite care
  • Family support services

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.


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 July 22, 2021


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