If you are a veteran–meaning you served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for a required period of time and received an honorable discharge or release–you may be eligible for Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits. VA benefits are administered by the federal government and include pensions, educational stipends, and health care, among other benefits. It is important to know that VA benefits do not work with Medicare, though you can be enrolled in both.

VA health benefits cover care provided mainly in VA medical centers, VA outpatient clinics, and VA nursing homes. Veterans can receive care at any VA facility. Health benefits include coverage for:

  • Medical and mental health care (including substance abuse treatment)
  • Home health care
  • Nursing home care
  • Durable medical equipment (DME)
  • Medicare-excluded items (including over-the-counter medications and supplies, annual physical exams, hearing aids, and eyeglasses under certain circumstances)

Eligibility for VA benefits depends on several factors, including:

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