Approximately 180,000 combat veterans are being given the opportunity to enroll for their earned Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care benefits through a streamlined process and without having to demonstrate why they qualify for benefits. Most of those eligible for the accelerated process are veterans of Iraq or Afghanistan. The opportunity, however, is only being offered for a limited time and that time is quickly coming to an end.
Those veterans eligible for the accelerated enrollment come from a particular group. To qualify, veterans must have been in combat and have been on active duty on November 11, 1989 with a separation date from the military no later than January 28, 2003. These veterans have only until January 27, 2011 to take advantage of the streamlined enrollment for veterans health care. After this date, the VA will require these veterans to prove why they are eligible for benefits. i.e., they have service-related disabilities or suffer from various health problems.
Even without current health issues presenting themselves to the veterans , there are benefits to enrolling in the VA health care plan. VA health care is administered without charging its members premiums or co-pays, unless the veteran receives treatment not connected to their service issues. Enrolling in VA health care services is a lifetime enrollment, which is another reason to enroll while it is as easy as possible.
This is likely the last time in their lifetimes these veterans will be given a benefit such as VA health care via a no-questions-asked application. To date, approximately 16,000 veterans have enrolled, which is a surprisingly low number. Waiting past the date will subject these veterans to enrolling in VA health care but subject to standard eligibility rules.
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