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Our interest is to ensure that  veterans receive the smoothest possible transition of care when moving from the DoD to the VA healthcare system.  All veterans should get the best care possible in return for the sacrifices they have made for our country.  In this section,  you will find information on VA policies, services and benefits.  In addition, you will find fact sheets on specific heatlh concerns related to military service.  Our website is completely open for veterans and other to browse and learn abouth the health impacts of various deployments.   

Thank you for your service and sacrifices on behalf of this grateful nation!

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Rules for VA Benefits 

  • Eligibility for most veteransí health care benefits is based solely on active military service in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard (or Merchant Marines during WW II), and discharged under other than dishonorable conditions.
  • Reservists and National Guard members who were called to active duty by a Federal Executive Order may qualify for VA health care benefits. Returning service members, including Reservists and National Guard members who served on active duty in a theater of combat operations have special eligibility for hospital care, medical services, and nursing home care for two years following discharge from active duty. 
  • Health Care eligibility is not just for those who served in combat.
  • Other groups may be eligible for some health benefits.
  • Veteranís health care is not just for service-connected injuries or medical conditions.


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VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guidelines

Since 1988 the VA and DoD have worked together to adapt internationally recognized evidence-based clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) to meet the requirements of the military and veterans healthcare systems. For information about these guidelines, see the DHCC VA/DoD CPG Page.


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Department of Veterans Affairs

The Department of Veteran Affairs sends a special message to veterans who served in OEF and OIF. The Department is expanding its efforts to reach veterans of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan to ensure they are aware of benefits they have earned. For questions, please call the benefits or medical information lines toll free.

  Benefits Information:
Healthcare Eligibility:
  VA Suicide Prevention Hot Line:
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

The VA Web site provides one-stop shopping for VA benefits, special programs, health information and services, and a health education library that gives up-to-date information about medications and conditions, tools for measuring your health status, and the latest health news.

The Veterans Health Benefits and Services Homepage serves as a gateway to VA health care.

Vet Centers provide readjustment counseling and outreach services to all veterans who served in any combat zone. Services are also available for their family members for military related issues. Services include individual counseling, group counseling, marital and family counseling, bereavement counseling, medical referrals, assistance in applying for VA Benefits, employment counseling, guidance and referral, alcohol/drug assessments, information and referral to community resources, military sexual trauma counseling & referral, outreach and community education.

The Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents Booklet (2006 Edition) provides information on the variety of federal benefits available to veterans and their dependents.

The Veterans On Line Applications (VONAPP) Web site is an official U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Web site, which enables veterans to apply for benefits using the Internet.

The VA War Related Illness and Injury Study Centers (WRIISC) are specialized centers that provide service to combat veterans who have difficult-to-diagnose disabling illnesses through clinical care, risk communication, education, and research addressing potential environmental exposures and adverse health outcomes. VA primary care providers of veterans with undiagnosed illnesses can request an evaluation at one of the Centers through the VA Central Office. Referral acceptance is a joint decision of VA Central Office, the WRIISC, the referring provider, and the patient.

List of VA Web Sites, 25 Apr 06 was compiled to identify specific VA web-sites that provide information on Veterans benefits and how to file for them.

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TRICARE Services

U.S. Department of Defense Military Health System, TRICARE, is a regionally managed healthcare program for active duty and retired members of the uniformed services, their families, and survivors.

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Military Medical Support Office

The Military Medical Support Office (MMSO) is the centralized Tri-Service point of contact for customer service and medical/dental case management to coordinate civilian healthcare services outside of the cognizance of a Military Treatment Facility for TRICARE Prime Remote eligible active duty military and reserve component servicemembers within the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. Information about the program can be found in the Reserve Component (RC) Unit Commander's Guide to Obtaining Civilian Medical Care and Payment of Medical Bills

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DoD Web Portal for Military Transitioners

TurboTAP is DoD's official Web site providing information for servicemembers on transitioning from military service. This site is also supported by the Departments of Labor and Veterans Affairs. is intended to supplement the services offered by the Transition Assistance Offices and other groups.

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Recovery and Employment Assistance Lifelines (REALifelines) Advisor

REALifelines Advisor is a Web site designed by the Department of Labor specifically to provide veterans and transitioning service members wounded and injured as a result of the War on Terrorism, and their family members, with the resources they need to successfully transition to a rewarding career. It also offers extensive information and resources that can benefit all veterans.

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Located at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD (MRMC)