When you are initially told “no” for a benefit, you should ask for clarification as to why. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) does not always spell it out for you. So if you tried to gain access to a benefit years ago and were told “no” you might consider trying again. As of September 2008, the VA is required to include simple language in any rejection letter.
But more importantly, the VA often rejects claims because the correct paperwork was not included—not because you did not qualify. This is referred to as “supporting evidence.” If you know that you qualify and the VA turns you down, you are allowed to appeal that decision with the correct paperwork.
A valuable benefit to most military veterans is being eligible for healthcare. This healthcare eligibility, which is determined by status and income, is provided by either the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or through the Department of Defense (DOD).
The VA’s healthcare program is designed to meet the basic medical needs of all veterans, whether or not they have an injury or illness related to their service in the military. The VA’s system places an emphasis upon preventative care, focusing on areas such as examinations, vaccinations, primary care, emergency care, hospitalizations, surgeries, mental health care, counseling services, etc. Also, some veterans may be eligible for free eyeglasses, hearing aids, and assistance with travel expenses in certain circumstances.
Military retirees who have served for 20 or more years have access to a separate healthcare system managed by the DOD, called Tricare. These retirees are also eligible for the VA healthcare system, but Tricare offers a broader spectrum of healthcare options, including availability for immediate family members.