Various health related resources and programs that are available for eligible Veterans and their family members.
Alternative Healthcare Options
If you are not eligible for VA Healthcare and you do not receive Health Insurance from your employer, there are other available options. Here are some resources that will help you with your search:
Affordable Healthcare– This third party site allows you to compare health insurance rates and options for you and your family based on where you live.
Insurance Provider Reviews– A resource provided by Consumer Reports that shows you how to navigate choosing healthcare, what to expect and money saving tips.
Healthcare.gov – If you are interested in finding out if you are eligible for healthcare through the affordable care act, you can connect with Alabama 211to find information on a program that can help you apply.
Combat Injury Related Benefits
If you are or were injured in combat, there are specific resources to assist in recovery and to provide compensation after recovery.
Combat Related Special Compensation (CRSC) – This program was created for disability and non-disability military retirees with combat-related injuries. The program reconciles the difference between medical disqualification from further service and potential military career earnings. It is a tax free entitlement that you will be paid each month along with any retired pay you may already be receiving.
Veterans Unable to Work (100% Disabled)
As a Veteran who is recognized as 100% disabled or unemployable by the VA, you have access to other compensation programs that will support your care and your family.
Social Security Disability Insurance – If you are unable to work, you are eligible for compensation from this program. Compensation is calculated based on your disability type and the amount of money you’ve paid into the SSA. In addition to the Veteran, each family member can be eligible to receive a monthly stipend through this program.
VA Care Giver Program – This program provides support and services for family members that are supporting injured Veterans. Through the program you can access a local support network, programs and training. There is a zip code based search tool on the page that allows you to search for your local Caregiver Support Coordinator.
Services for Family Caregivers of Post-9/11 Veterans – Additional VA services are available to seriously injured post-9/11 Veterans and their Family Caregivers through a new program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers. Visit this site for information on eligibility, available services and to apply.
The various sites that will help you with managing and getting care through TRICARE.
TRICARE – TRICARE’s home page. You can visit to compare plans, enroll, manage your plan and set appointments.
TRICARE Separation Coverage – In some cases, you may be eligible for temporary healthcare before separating from service or retiring. This resource will give you an understanding of eligibility and available coverage programs.
TRICARE Provider locator – A resource sponsored by Humana that allows you to find providers in your area, or in the area you are moving to.
Accessing Dental care can be complex and confusing. Here are few a options that are available to Veterans and retired Military Service Members.
VA Dental Care – This site shares information on eligibility, enrollment and clinic location. In most cases you have to be 100% disabled, homeless, in treatment at the VA or have a dental related disability to be eligible. However, the VA does provide enrolled Veterans with the opportunity to secure dental at a lower cost.
Delta Dental– Retirees, their family members and survivors are eligible for dental through TRICARE. This site shares information on enrollment, availability and coverage.
Alternative Dental Insurance Options– If you are not eligible for VA or Delta Dental and you are not receiving Dental from your employer, utilize this third party resource to find available options for coverage in your area.