In order to address specific illnesses, special needs, and other medical issues, the government ensures the provision of specific treatments to members of the VA through Special VA Programs. In order to enroll in such programs, visit the nearest VA facility (see appendix).
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Resources
The VA department provides different initiatives in order to provide assistance to the veterans suffering from PTSD effects. One of the best resources in order to find such programs is through veteran centers. Outreach and readjustment counseling services are provided by the veteran centers to United States veterans who have served in the military. For resolving the issues related to the military, there is a provision of services for the family members of the veteran. These benefits are available for veterans in exchange of their service. These services are free to the veteran or their family for these services. For additional details or assistance, the contact Military OneSource via phone at 1-800-342-9647.
Alcohol and Drug Dependency Treatment
In case you fall under the eligibility criteria of the medical care offered by the VA, you may also apply for treatment of substance abuse. Those veterans who do not have any disabilities regarding military service and have an income exceeding the threshold for free medical care may also receive drug and alcohol dependence treatment if they agree to a copay.
Programs for Women Veterans
Gender-specific services and benefits (including pelvic and breast exams) along with precautionary care like menopause management, contraceptive services, Pap smears, mammography, and reproductive counseling are offered. The VA has healthcare experts who are trained for the provision of treatment and counseling for women who were victims of sexual or personal assault while serving in the military. Medical attention is offered for any type of medical condition, injury, or psychological illness which results in physical, emotional, or mental trauma. Female coordinators are available at all VA facilities in order to help women veterans who are seeking benefits and treatment plans.
Information regarding women’s programs may be found on the VA Center for Women Veterans website at www1.va.gov/womenvet.
Blind Veterans Services
Blind veterans may fall under the eligibility criteria for a specific provision of services at a VA medical center or may be admitted into a blind rehabilitation center of VA. The coordinator of the visual impairment services may offer options in regards to these specific servicesp which are available at all VA medical facilities. Also, blind veterans who are entitled to receive disability compensation are also likely to receive aid from VA for blind veterans.
For additional details, visit the Blinded Veterans Association online at www.bva.org.
Programs for Homeless Veterans
The VA provides different services and benefits to help eligible veterans who are homeless. These include educational services, rehabilitational services, compensated work therapy, residential care, healthcare, and disability benefits.
More details about help for veterans who are homeless, call 800-827-1000 or visit www.va.gov/homeless.
Treatment for Gulf War Syndrome and Related Illnesses
The veterans of the Persian Gulf War are offered free complete medical examinations. These exams include diagnostic tests that are necessary for determining the overall health of a person. The test reports include a review of the individual’s service in the military and the history of exposures which may effect a person’s health. This information is entered into a digital database in computer registries. The VA can then determine the health status of a veteran by going through these reports. The people participating in the registries are provided advice regarding the results of their comprehensive exams during private consultations. In case the veteran wants to participate, the veteran may contact their nearest VA medical facility.
There is a toll free phone service of VA for informing the veterans of Persian Gulf War about the benefits and special programs that are devised for their benefit. More details regarding benefits may be be found via phone at 800-749-8387. Relevant info for those veterans who may have been exposed to depleted uranium (DU) may be viewed at www.vethealth.cio.med.va.gov/DUProgram.htm.
Treatment for Agent Orange Exposure
Special treatment is provided to the veterans who had any sort of Agent Orange exposure while serving the military in Vietnam.
B-Cell leukemia, ischemic heart disease, and Parkinson’s disease have recently been added by the VA to the list of presumptive diseases linked to exposure to Agent Orange. The veterans who served in Vietnam are encouraged to call the VA for treatment regarding their exposure.
For additional information for veterans exposed Agent Orange may call 800-749-8387 or check online at www1.va.gov/agentorange.
Treatment for Radiation Exposure
The VA provides facilities and health care services for any veteran who may have been subject to nuclear and radiation exposure while testing nuclear weaponry or conducting other related tasks and especially for veterans who may have been linked to the occupation of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, Japan during World War II.
If veterans have any disabilities due to this type of exposure while performing military service, the veteran is eligible for disability compensation benefits. For determination of eligibility, various factors are considered including possible exposure to radiation, time span of exposure, and the time elapsed between exposure and the onset of adverse medical conditions.
My HealtheVet Program
My HealtheVet (MHV) is a program that serves as the gateway to health services and benefits for all veterans. It ensures the provision of access to federal links, prescription refills, trusted health information, resources, benefits, and a personal health journal. Also, veterans registered with My HealtheVet may also view their upcoming appointments, copay balances, and online medical records. The My HealtheVet program is very resourceful and provides veterans with an easier option to maintain personal health.
VA Provides Chiropractic Care
In order to facilitate the veterans having back pains due to neuromusculoskeletal conditions, chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy services are provided by the VA health facilities in order to address the issues of spine. These services are not available at every VA health facility. In order to do so, a veteran must obtain authorization from the VA along with a recommendation from the parent consultant. The veteran may then be referred to a health facility as offered through the VA and based on the outpatient fee program. For more assistance or a referral, the primaryt consultant should be contacted.
Family Caregiver Program
The VA has a specific department aimed to provide family support to veterans severely injured in Afghanistan or Iraq. This program provides eligible post-9/11 veterans with the choice to opt in for these services in order to receive assistance from the family caregiver of their choice. The application for the Family Caregiver program may be accessed at www.caregiver.va.gov/. The application allows the veteran to name primary and secondary family caregivers. The coordinators for this program may be accessed through the VA medical centers by calling at 1-877-222-VETS (8387).
Complete training of Caregiver and medical support are also vital parts of the program which are made available to support veterans.
The Civilian Health and Medical Program of the VA Department (CHAMPVA) is a program providing health benefits to eligible veterans. Health services and additional supplies are provided under this program. CHAMPVA provides for the wards and spouses of veterans who are disabled while on duty or for those who were fatally injured while serving the military.
For additional information found online, visit www.va.gov/hac/forbeneficiaries/champ.
Long-Term Care Insurance
Several medical health expenses are covered by long-term care insurance that are otherwise not covered by ordinary insurance services including TRICARE or TRICARE for Life. Such expenditures may arise at a time when it becomes difficult to complete certain types of daily activities which may require the care of assisted living and nursing home care. Servicemen on active duty or retired ones may also seek long-term insurance through the Federal Long-Term Care Insurance program.
For more information, visit the following website: www.ltcfeds.com. Long-term care insurance services for servicemen who are on duty or retired information is also available at: www.opm.gov/insure/ltc.