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VA health care: Who qualifies? Find out Wednesday on virtual panel

South Florida Sun Sentinel - 1/24/2021

The coronavirus pandemic has crippled the economy, stripping many Americans of their jobs and health insurance — military veterans included.

Veterans looking for health care coverage will find, however, that not all are entitled to the option of VA health care. In 1996, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs established a priority system that ranked veterans by medical and financial need.

Veterans who have questions about eligibilitycan tune into a virtual enrollment panel, hosted by the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center, on Jan. 27 from 4 to 5 p.m.

Veterans and current military service members — including National Guard and reservists — are invited.

The one-hour session will cover how veterans can apply for VA Health Care upon discharge. The meeting will also include a brief overview of the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center, enrollment eligibility and an audience question-and-answer session.

Mental health care is available to all veterans for one year after they leave the service and does not depend on discharge status, service history or eligibility.

For details on how to watch, visit the event calendar at

Information about VA’s enrollment criteria can be found at

Susannah Bryan can be reached at or on Twitter @Susannah_Bryan


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