How to apply for VA health care

Find out how to apply for VA health care benefits as a Veteran or service member.

How do I prepare before I start my application?

You’ll need this information:

  • Social Security numbers for you, your spouse, and your qualified dependents
  • Your military discharge papers (DD214 or other separation documents)
  • Insurance card information for all insurance companies that cover you, including any coverage provided through a spouse or significant other. This includes Medicare, private insurance, or insurance from your employer. 
  • Gross household income from the previous calendar year for you, your spouse, and your dependents. This includes income from a job and any other sources. Gross household income is your income before taxes and any other deductions.
  • Your deductible expenses for the past year. These include certain health care and education costs.

Note: You don’t have to tell us

What are the basic requirements for a VA loan?

You meet the minimum active-duty service requirement if you served for:

  • At least 24 continuous months, or.
  • The full period (at least 181 days) for which you were called to active duty, or.
  • At least 181 days if you were discharged for a hardship, or a reduction in force.

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