Microsoft Word - Guidebook for Veterans Incarcerated in Vir…

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Following Up on Your Claim You will receive a confirmation letter from the VA advising you of the status of your eligibility for benefits. This correspondence will be mailed to the address identified when you meet with the HCRV/VJO specialist. You will be determined as eligible, ineligible, or unable to determine as eligible. If you disagree with the determination, you may appeal the decision and submit documents in support of your claim. Be sure to obtain a copy of your DD214 since this is an important document to submit if your eligibility is denied or more information is needed to confirm your eligibility for VA healthcare. Keep the original for your records and submit only a copy of your DD214. If your eligibility is confirmed or if you want to contest the preliminary eligibility determination, visit the VA medical center of your choice to register for care. Make an appointment to meet with the contact person at the VA medical center so he or she can assist you with the registration process. You will need a picture identification in order to register for healthcare (the picture identification provided by the prison is adequate for registration purposes). You will be asked to update your information. At the time of registration you may schedule an appointment for primary care. You will also be photographed for a VA identification card. Make sure you receive an appointment with a primary care physician in a timely manner if you are prescribed medications. Typically the prison or jail will provide you with at least a 30 day supply of medication. In most cases you may be able to see a VA physician within 30 days. In case of an emergency, you may be seen in the emergency department at the VA medical center. Your primary care physician is an essential contact. You may request specialized services such as mental health, substance use, and other assistance from this physician.

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