Veteran Health

Veterans may be elegible for health care at VA facilities even if it is not service connected. The VA accepts health insurance including Tri-Care. In certain circumstances the co-pay or payment may be waived. If you are a veteran you should visit any VA facility for more information.

VA is required to bill private health insurance providers for medical care, supplies and prescriptions provided for treatment of veterans’ non service-connected conditions. Generally, VA cannot bill Medicare, but can bill Medicare supplemental health insurance for covered services.

All veterans applying for VA medical care are required to provide information on their health insurance coverage, including coverage provided under policies of their spouses. Veterans are not responsible for paying any remaining balance of VA’s insurance claim not paid or covered by their health insurance, and any payment received by VA may be used to offset “dollar for dollar” a veteran’s VA co pay responsibility.

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Veterans and Military Health News

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PTSD risk can be predicted by hormone levels prior to deployment, study says

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Up to 20 percent of U.S. veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan developed symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder from trauma experienced during wartime, but new neuroscience research from...

Concussion linked to brain changes in people at genetic risk for Alzheimer's

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 07:00:00 PDT

A new study links mild traumatic brain injury to greater neurodegeneration and memory decline in people at genetic risk for Alzheimer's disease.

Eight years of decreased MRSA healthcare-associated infections associated with Veterans Affairs Prevention Initiative

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PDT

The Department of Veterans Affairs' Veterans Health Administration's campaign to limit healthcare facility-associated infections (HAIs) of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)...

Simply observing fear in others changes brain connectivity

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Individuals who observe someone else experiencing trauma can develop PTSD. New research examines changes in the brain that may underpin this phenomenon.

Most veterans experience good quality of life after military service

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PDT

With a few notable exceptions, the majority of post-9/11 U.S. veterans appear to do well in regards to work and family quality of life after departing from military service despite their exposure...

Veterans endure higher pain severity than nonveterans

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 06:00:00 PDT

American veterans experience higher prevalence of pain and more severe pain than nonveterans, with young and middle-aged veterans suffering the most, according to a new analysis of the National...

Tai Chi may benefit veterans with PTSD

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PDT

A small study of veterans with PTSD suggests the ancient Chinese exercise Tai Chi has the potential to help manage symptoms of the disorder.

Vietnam war veteran develops rare cancer after exposure to Agent Orange

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PDT

A veteran with a rare type of cancer may have developed the condition after being exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, reveal doctors writing in the journal BMJ Case Reports.

What PTSD interventions are best for military personnel? Study investigates

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PDT

PTSD effects more than 1 in 10 active military personnel. Breaking research examines whether one-on-one or group sessions are more effective.

Trauma affects girls and boys brains differently

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PDT

New research shows that trauma affects the brains of girls and boys in opposite ways. Scientists hope the findings will lead to better treatments for PTSD.

Wearable sleep device may reduce PTSD risk in military

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 07:00:00 PDT

Makers of a wearable device present data suggesting it could help reduce risk of PTSD in military personnel by improving quality of sleep.

Prevalence of diagnosed sleep disorders has risen among US veterans

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 03:00:00 PDT

Largest rate increases among those with post-traumatic stress disorder.A new study found a six-fold increase in the age-adjusted prevalence of any sleep disorder diagnosis over an 11-year...

Explosive blast survivors display unique neural damage

Sat, 11 Jun 2016 00:00:00 PDT

The long-term neural effects of high explosives can be debilitating. However, modern medical imaging is not capable of detecting these changes.

Study shows strong prevalence of insomnia symptoms among female veterans

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 09:00:00 PDT

Over 47% of female veterans reported insomnia symptoms.A new study sheds light on the prevalence of insomnia symptoms among female veterans.

Among active duty military, Army personnel most at risk for violent suicide

Tue, 07 Jun 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Firearms the most common cause of suicide death across all branches of service.

Canadian military personnel more likely than civilians to think about suicide but also to seek help

Tue, 24 May 2016 09:00:00 PDT

Canadian military personnel have higher rates of suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts, but they are also more likely to access mental health support than civilians, found new research in CMAJ...

VA hospitals favor mitral valve repair vs. replacement

Tue, 17 May 2016 08:00:00 PDT

Little is known about mitral valve (MV) surgical outcomes within the largest US federal health system - the Veterans Administration (VA) Health System.

Study: Symptoms of 'chronic multisymptom illness' may be common in Iraq, Afghanistan vets

Mon, 16 May 2016 00:00:00 PDT

In a Veterans Affairs study of more than 300 enlisted Army National Guard and Army Reserve members who had deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, a majority reported symptoms consistent with a condition...

PTSD linked to low levels of fat hormone

Thu, 12 May 2016 01:00:00 PDT

Individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) relive past traumas again and again, bound in a virtual prison of their memories.

Rapid diagnostics for multidrug resistant organisms in combat-related infection

Tue, 10 May 2016 00:00:00 PDT

The occurrence of multidrug resistant infection is a major concern in Wounded Warriors and military Veterans, especially in combat-related injuries.

TGen-ASU researchers find tiny genetic switches in lizard tail regeneration: Findings may impact future therapies to regrow organs in humans

Mon, 09 May 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Any kid who pulls on a lizard tail knows it can drop off to avoid capture, but how they regrow a new tail remains a mystery.

Thinking differently could affect power of traumatic memories

Fri, 06 May 2016 09:00:00 PDT

People who may be exposed to trauma can train themselves to think in a way that could protect them from PTSD symptoms, according to a study from King's College London and Oxford University.

War injuries in World War II soldier

Thu, 05 May 2016 16:00:00 PDT

In BMJ Case Reports, doctors in Germany describe injuries in the body of a 91-year-old former World War II soldier who donated his body for medical education.

Veterans more likely to delay seeking health care - possible link to long wait times for VA care

Tue, 03 May 2016 04:00:00 PDT

Military veterans are more likely to report delays in seeking necessary healthcare, compared to the US general population, reports a study in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.

ACS-Military Health System partnership prioritizes surgeon readiness and trauma systems

Mon, 25 Apr 2016 00:00:00 PDT

MHSSPACS is primed to develop a curriculum for a pre-deployment course for military surgeons and wants to ensure our military trauma system stays intact.