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Along with these basic eligibility requirements, you also will need to meet the minimum duty requirement (how long you served). These requirements are: x Veterans who enlisted after Sept. 7, 1980, or who entered active duty after Oct. 16, 1981, must have served 24 continuous months or the full period for which they were called to active duty to be eligible. x This minimum duty requirement may not apply to Veterans discharged for hardship, early out or a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.
VA Health Care Enrollment Process
It is best to seek VA health care attention within 30 days of release or immediately after release so necessary appointments, referrals and other services can begin.
If you were enrolled or established VA Health Care PRIOR to your incarceration, you may re- establish these services by making a visit to the local VA Medical Center. Local VA Medical Centers usually offer same day access to see a doctor or a mental health provider and emergency room services. See the Appendix at the back of this guide for a listing of VA Medical Centers. If you are unsure or did not enroll in VA Health Care PRIOR to your incarceration and you meet the basic and duty requirements listed above along with choosing to receive VA health care, you have two options with enrollment: x Complete the VA Application for Health Benefits and mail the completed application along with a copy of your DD 214 (military discharge paperwork) to the VJO/+&59 (contact information located in directory) who can determine eligibilityand enrollment into the VA Health Care System. The VJO/+&596SHFLDOLVW will inform you RQZKHWKHU you meet eligibility and enrollment. x If you do not have a copy of your DD214 or never requested one, please complete the Request Pertaining to Military Records. You can mail this form to National Personnel Center to receive your DD214. The agency's address is on the back of the request form, block #14.
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