jharrelson Posted August 15, 2018 Report Share Posted August 15, 2018 read the post about a "Veteran Identification Card" being shipped.. and did not want to hijack that thread so decided to post a new thread about VA benefits.. Hope that's OK with admin and members.. if not let me know and I'll delete this thread. Interesting subject, I did not know anything about that "ID card" .. but I'm curious why doesn't every honorably discharged veteran sign up for the 'Veteran's Health Care System" ? According to the VA handbook, the last time I read it .. every honorably discharged veteran .. AND... every military member presently on active duty is eligible for the VA Health Care System.. You do NOT have to be a discharged veteran to be part of the VA Health Care System. Yes, it's true .. not every veteran will get free medical, some have to pay a co-pay … it depends on their rating classification. I'm in classification 3 and everything** is 100% free to me .. Doctor visits, operations, eye glasses, hearing aids, etc … **my only cost is a $5 co-pay on meds. Dental work is a cat of a whole different color and very few veterans are eligible for dental care. Maybe one day all veterans will be able to receive dental care at no cost. Remember just because the veteran is signed up and has the official VA card does not mean they must actually use the system. They just make the occasional appointment every couple of years to keep their status updated. Also many veterans think that if they are on "TRI-CARE" they cannot belong to the VA Health Care System.. NOT TRUE.. All honorably discharged veterans, including those veterans on TRI-CARE and all active military personnel are eligible for the Veteran's Health Care System. I have met many veterans at the Reno VA hospital over the past 15 plus years that were "Non-Service Related injury" and had to pay a co-pay for everything .. but they said even with the co-pay it was still cheaper than going to a civilian doctor. I cannot verify that and can only repeat what they told me. and I've talked to veterans on TRI-CARE for Life that go to the Reno VA hospital instead of using the TRICARE system because it is easier and more simple in their particular circumstance. (Have no idea what their circumstance was/is and did not want to be rude by asking) The Veteran's Health Care System Card is a legal and official US Government identification card and I've used it many times along with my driver's license when two forms of ID were required .. I also am enrolled in and have the little white Id card for the "Veteran's Choice Program" that allows me to see civilian doctors and have medical treatments from outside the VA medical system.. I've had a couple of operations and treatments at no cost to me in local medical facilities here in Carson City, .. saves me time and gas going to Reno VA hospital. I like that part As we all know, things can change over time, so if anyone has any updates to what I've said, please join this discussion and update any outdated info.. Thanks, John Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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