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4.6. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

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Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Overview

The Veteran's Administration (VA) Hospitals offer excellent service and benefits for those who qualify to be in the system. The qualification requirements are specific and can be found at the US Department of Veterans Affairs.  If you need more information or run into a roadblck you can contact VetsFirst.

When you are enrolled in the VA health care system, you will be assigned to a primary care physician (PCP). That PCP is associated with a clinic which also includes nursing, pharmacy, and social work services. When you need a wheelchair, your PCP will refer you to rehab. An occupational therapist (OT) or physical therapist (PT) will assess your need for a wheelchair and make appropriate recommendations. The therapist documents your need for the specific equipment and then the prosthetics department places the order for the wheelchair.

VA benefits

Some VA Benefits Include:

Applying for VA benefits

To enroll in the VA system, simply do one of the following:

  1. Contact the Enrollment Coordinator for your local VA Health Care Facility
  2. Contact a National or State Veteran's Service Organization (examples: DAV, AMVETS, PVA)
  3. Go to www.va.gov and complete the 10-10EZ form online
Benefit Hot Spot
ALS is a Service-Connected Condition
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or Lou Gehrig's disease) is a service-connected condition for all affected veterans with more than 90 consecutive days of service, even if you were diagnosed after being discharged.

Ask VetsFirst to find out more about this benefit.

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