A person who served in the active military, naval, or air service and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable may qualify for VA health care benefits. Reservists and National Guard members may also qualify for VA health care benefits if they were called to active duty (other than for training only) by a Federal order and completed the full period for which they were called or ordered to active duty.
Minimum Duty Requirements:
Veterans who enlisted after Sept. 7, 1980, or who entered active duty after Oct. 16, 1981, must have served 24 continuous months or the full period for which they were called to active duty in order to be eligible. This minimum duty requirement may not apply to veterans discharged for hardship, early out or a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.
What is needed to apply: Military discharge and a VA form 10 – 10EZ and enrollment will place you in one of eight priority groups. VA form 10 – 10EZ can be obtained from:
• The Lexington County VA Office
• The VA website: www.va.gov
• Calling 1-800-827-1000 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday
• At the VAMC Welcome Center from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday