All veterans are encouraged to enroll in the VA Health Care System. To begin the process, please complete an Application for Health Care Benefits. You can submit the form online, or you may print the form and mail it to us at:
VA Medical Center
Business Office - Eligibility
VA Medical Center
215 North Main Street
White River Junction, VT 05009
You can also bring the form to the Medical Center. The Eligibility Office is located on the ground floor of the Ambulatory Care building.
Whether mailing or bringing your application, please include the following items —
a copy of both sides of your current insurance card (including Medicare or Medicaid)
To speak to someone in our eligibility office, please call 802-295-9363 ext. 5118/6281
Are you a combat veteran from Iraq or Afghanistan who has returned home within the last five years? Did you know that the Department of Veterans Affairs recently expanded combat veteran eligibility for health care services from 2 to 5 years! By enrolling with the VA for health care, benefits may be available to you in the future when you most need them. Plan for the future by contacting your Veterans Health Benefits office today. Health care services are available throughout Vermont and New Hampshire.
Call 1-866-687-8387 for more information today.
If you served in the active military, naval or air service and are separated under any condition other than dishonorable, you may qualify for VA health care benefits. Current and former members of the Reserves or National Guard who 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 may be eligible for VA health care as well.
Most Veterans who enlisted after September 7, 1980, or entered active duty after October 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 who were discharged for a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, discharged for a hardship, or received an "early out." Since there are a number of other exceptions to the minimum duty requirements, VA encourages all Veterans to apply in order to determine their enrollment eligibility.
VA is producing a personalized "Veterans Health Benefits Handbook" for each Veteran enrolled in the VA health care system. The purpose of the handbook is to provide a current and accurate description of VA health care benefits and services. Your handbook will be tailored specifically to you with personal identifying information and should be safeguarded as you would any other sensitive personal document.
The "Veterans Health Benefits Handbook" includes:
You will receive your personalized handbook via U.S. mail; therefore, you should have a current address on file with VA. Handbooks are mailed based on Priority Group, beginning with Priority Group 1 and ending with Priority Group 8. To see when you might receive your handbook, go to the distribution schedule. You may also call VA toll-free at 1-877-222-VETS (8387) if you need to update your address or receive additional information.
VA also publishes the "Veterans Health Benefits Guide" designed to provide general information about the VA Medical Benefits Package, and the "Health Care Benefits Overview" designed to provide the information Veterans need to understand VA's health care system, with answers to frequently asked questions about eligibility and benefits.
Both publications are available to you at the White River Junction VA Medical Center, Vermont, and can be downloaded at http://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/resources/epublications.asp.
These publications are very helpful, and we encourage you to refer to them whenever you have questions about your eligibility for specific health care benefits. Additional assistance is available at the following resources: