Edmonds VA Clinic | VA Puget Sound health care | Veterans Affairs (2023)

Our outpatient clinic offers primary care and specialty health services, including laboratory services, mental health care, social work, women's health care, and more. Below, you’ll find our address and hours, parking and transportation information, and the other health services we offer at our Edmonds VA Clinic.

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Location and contact information

  • Everyone must wear a mask.
  • Your care partner is welcome (noother visitors).
  • Please self-screen. If you've had any COVID-19 symptoms in the past 48 hours, call first unless you need care now.
    Check COVID-19 symptoms on the CDC website

Check on Mondays for each facility’s latest guidelines.

Address

21616 76th Avenue West, Professional Center, Suite 112

Edmonds, WA 98026-7512

Phone numbers

Main phone: 206-716-5858

Clinical hours

  • Mon:8:00 a.m.to4:30 p.m.
  • Tue:8:00 a.m.to4:30 p.m.
  • Wed:8:00 a.m.to4:30 p.m.
  • Thu:8:00 a.m.to4:30 p.m.
  • Fri:8:00 a.m.to4:30 p.m.
  • Sat: Closed
  • Sun: Closed

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Prepare for your visit

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To streamline your arrival, please complete the following 3 tasks:

  1. Mask up. Medical grade masks are required while visiting all VA care sites. If you don’t have one, we will provide you with one.
  2. Self-screen. COVID-19 self-screening at our facilities is required for Veterans and visitors. You can complete the self-screening at https://www.va.gov/covid19screen
  3. Check-in. Confirm your appointment and verify important information by textingcheck into 53079

Cost: Free

Wheelchair availability: Wheelchairs are available upon arrival for patients who need them to access the building.

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Beneficiary travel

Beneficiary travel benefits include round-trip transportation from your home to the medical center, mileage reimbursement, or special mode transport.

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Health services offered here

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Advice nurse

Talk with an advice nurse if you have questions about your care or for help in deciding whether you need an urgent or routine appointment.

Contact information

This service is available by phone.

You can contact a nurse for advice at anytime of the day.

Appointments

Phone

800-329-8387 x 4

Referral required?No

Walk-ins accepted?No

The registered nurses on our Nurse Advice Line provide you and your family with helpful medical advice and free, confidential answers to many of your health care questions. Call anytime. We're here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you are having a medical emergency, call 911.

Our clinics do not provide urgent care, but our nurse advice line can guide you in getting the care you need.

Our nurse advice line can also:

  • Help you manage many of your basic health care needs
  • Answer questions about your current medications or medical condition
  • Discuss your health care concerns and help you decide the best way to handle them
  • Offer improved access to VA services

Contact the advice nurse by selecting option 4 at either 800-329-8387 or 206-762-1010

COVID-19 vaccines

Common conditions: coronavirus, COVID-19

We provide COVID-19 vaccines to Veterans as well as their spouses and caregivers. We also provide vaccines to Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) recipients and VA staff.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon.8:00 a.m.to4:30 p.m.
  • Tue.8:00 a.m.to4:30 p.m.
  • Wed.8:00 a.m.to4:30 p.m.
  • Thu.8:00 a.m.to4:30 p.m.
  • Fri.8:00 a.m.to4:30 p.m.
  • Sat. Closed
  • Sun. Closed

Puget Sound Healthcare System's appointment call center

800-329-8387x 71234

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Appointments

COVID-19 vaccinations are by appointment only. Contact scheduling at 1-800-329-8387, extension 71234.

Phone

206-716-5858

Referral required?No

Walk-ins accepted?No

  • COVID-19 vaccines for eligible Veterans and staff

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines at VA

Laboratory and pathology

We offer blood tests and other advanced testing services to help you and your VA health care team monitor your health, find and understand any health problemsand make informed treatment decisions.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon.8:00 a.m.to4:30 p.m.
  • Tue.8:00 a.m.to4:30 p.m.
  • Wed.8:00 a.m.to4:30 p.m.
  • Thu.8:00 a.m.to4:30 p.m.
  • Fri.8:00 a.m.to4:30 p.m.
  • Sat. Closed
  • Sun. Closed

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Phone

206-716-5858

Referral required?Yes

Walk-ins accepted?No

Our laboratories provide a full range of clinical and diagnostic testing services. Our laboratory and pathology services include:

  • Study of blood, urine, and other bodily fluids for illness management
  • Testing for infectious diseases
  • Cytopathology (study of unusual cells) and surgical pathology (study of tissue removed during surgery)
  • Autopsy services

Mental health care

Common conditions: addiction, depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, OCD

If you’re struggling with issues like PTSD, depression, grief, anger or trauma, we offer counseling and other support. All VA health care facilities offer same-day help. You may qualify even without enrolling in VA health care.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon.8:00 a.m.to4:30 p.m.
  • Tue.8:00 a.m.to4:30 p.m.
  • Wed.8:00 a.m.to4:30 p.m.
  • Thu.8:00 a.m.to4:30 p.m.
  • Fri.8:00 a.m.to4:30 p.m.
  • Sat. Closed
  • Sun. Closed

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Phone

206-716-5858

Referral required?Yes

Walk-ins accepted?No

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Our medical center and clinics provide consultation, evaluation, and treatment for a range of issues that may impact your mental health or emotional well-being. Our confidential outpatient services include individual and group therapy for:

  • Psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression
  • Marriage and relationship problems
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Anxiety, addictive behaviors, and personality disorders
  • Aggressive or self-harming behaviors

Learn more and connect with a care coordinator

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My HealtheVet coordinator

Your My HealtheVet coordinator can help you start using the VA online portal to manage your appointments and records, refill prescriptions, view your lab and test resultsand communicate with your health care team.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon.8:00 a.m.to4:30 p.m.
  • Tue.8:00 a.m.to4:30 p.m.
  • Wed.8:00 a.m.to4:30 p.m.
  • Thu.8:00 a.m.to4:30 p.m.
  • Fri.8:00 a.m.to4:30 p.m.
  • Sat. Closed
  • Sun. Closed

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Phone

206-716-5858

Referral required?No

Walk-ins accepted?Yes

My HealtheVet is a web-based tool you can use to manage your care and improve your health from your computer or mobile device. You can access your personal health records and use tools to manage your care through our My HealtheVet online system. You can also use My HealtheVet to refill your prescriptions, track appointments, and read informative health articles. If you need help using My HealtheVet, you can contact our coordinator by phone or in person. With My HealtheVet, you can:

  • Ask questions and exchange secure online messages with your VA health care team
  • Check your lab and test results
  • Refill your prescriptions, track delivery, and view a list of your medications
  • Keep track of your VA medical appointments and get email reminders
  • View, download, or print a copy of your VA medical records
  • Enter or update your personal information

Learn more and register for My HealtheVet

Nutrition, food, and dietary care

Our nutrition experts work closely with you and your care team to help make sure you’re getting the nutrition you need to get and stay as healthy as possible.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon.8:00 a.m.to4:30 p.m.
  • Tue.8:00 a.m.to4:30 p.m.
  • Wed.8:00 a.m.to4:30 p.m.
  • Thu.8:00 a.m.to4:30 p.m.
  • Fri.8:00 a.m.to4:30 p.m.
  • Sat. Closed
  • Sun. Closed

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Phone

206-716-5858

Referral required?Yes

Walk-ins accepted?No

Schedule an appointment online

Our registered dietitians can help you maintain or improve your health with good nutrition tailored to your needs. Through group, individual, and telehealth sessions, we provide nutrition education and counseling in areas such as:

  • Cardiovascular and heart health
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Diabetes (including gestational diabetes)
  • Eating disorders and digestive health
  • Pregnancy and postpartum nutrition
  • Weight management

Primary care

Your VA primary care provider will work closely with you to plan for all the care you need to stay healthy and well throughout your life, including immunizations and vaccinations. They will also work withfamily members or caregivers who support you.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon.8:00 a.m.to4:30 p.m.
  • Tue.8:00 a.m.to4:30 p.m.
  • Wed.8:00 a.m.to4:30 p.m.
  • Thu.8:00 a.m.to4:30 p.m.
  • Fri.8:00 a.m.to4:30 p.m.
  • Sat. Closed
  • Sun. Closed

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Phone

206-716-5858

Referral required?No

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Walk-ins accepted?Yes

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A strong network of family and internal medicine specialists and services can offer you the best possible care. Internal medicine doctors (internists) prevent, diagnose, and treat adult diseases. Doctors who specialize in family medicine provide primary health care to the entire family. Your primary care team can coordinate the many services you receive such as:

  • Labs and blood work
  • Mental health care
  • women's health care
  • Radiology
  • Social services
  • Telehealth

Women Veteran care

Common conditions: women's primary care, mental health, obstetrics and gynecology, pap smear, mammogram

We offer women’s health services to meet your specific needssuch asdisease screenings, mental health treatment, recovery from military sexual trauma, maternity careand female-specific medical equipment.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon.8:00 a.m.to4:30 p.m.
  • Tue.8:00 a.m.to4:30 p.m.
  • Wed.8:00 a.m.to4:30 p.m.
  • Thu.8:00 a.m.to4:30 p.m.
  • Fri.8:00 a.m.to4:30 p.m.
  • Sat. Closed
  • Sun. Closed

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Phone

206-716-5858

Referral required?No

Walk-ins accepted?No

Our women's health program offers complete health care for women Veterans of all ages. Our primary care providers specialize in women's health. They work closely with specialists in gynecology, obstetrics, female urology, oncology, medicine, radiology, surgery, and breast illness. Our services for women Veterans include:

  • Ultrasounds, mammograms, Pap and HPV tests
  • Mental health care and counseling
  • Lifestyle wellness services
  • Menopause treatment, including hormonal therapy
  • Family planning, contraceptive care, and infertility evaluation

Learn more about our women Veteran care services

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FAQs

Does VA require an authorization for observation? ›

A separate authorization for outpatient observation is not required.

How can I increase my VA health care? ›

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What is a PSA at the VA? ›

Public Service Announcements - Veterans Health Administration.

Does the VA follow Hipaa? ›

In addition, HIPAA requires that VHA provide veterans with the following: A copy of VA's Notice of Privacy Practices. If you did not receive this, you can find it on the internet at http://www1.va.gov/health_benefits/ or you can call the VA Health Benefits Call Center at 1-877-222-8387 for a copy.

Does the VA look at civilian medical records? ›

The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) uses VA Form 21-4142, Authorization to Disclose Information to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), to request private medical records and information regarding the source of records in support of claims for compensation and/or pension benefits.

How do you prove VA competency? ›

There are several useful types of evidence to show VA that you are competent: Evidence that you pay your bills on time (notice of on-time mortgage, rent, or car payments can also be useful) A letter from your treating doctor stating that you are mentally and/or physically competent to manage your own finances.

Is VA health care good enough? ›

The VA health care system performs similar to or better than non-VA systems on most measures of inpatient and outpatient care quality, although there is high variation in quality across individual VA facilities, according to a new RAND Corporation study.

Can I lose my VA health benefits? ›

If you're in one of the lower priority groups, you could lose your VA health care benefits in the future. If you don't keep your private insurance, this would leave you without health coverage.

Why is it hard for Veterans to get healthcare? ›

Veterans have a higher burden of illness than civilians,3 but fewer than one-third of individuals deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan since 2001 have used VA healthcare services. Issues of stigma and “not being able to ask for help” have been identified as barriers to seeking treatment.

What do VA raters look for? ›

We base your rating on:

The evidence you give us (like a doctor's report or medical test results), and. The results of your VA claim exam (also called a compensation and pension, or C&P, exam), if we determine you need this exam, and. Other information we may get from other sources (like federal agencies)

What does SMC mean in VA? ›

VA special monthly compensation (SMC) is a higher rate of compensation that we pay to Veterans as well as their spouses, surviving spouses, and parents with certain needs or disabilities. Find the 2022 special monthly compensation rates that may apply to you.

What are 3 elements of a PSA? ›

1. Elements Of A PSA
  • short.
  • goal is to change attitudes or behavior.
  • use emotion.
  • identifying tag for the organization or cause comes at the end.

What happens if the VA Cannot find my medical records? ›

If VA is not able to obtain records after making reasonable efforts, it has a duty to (1) notify the veteran that it was not able to obtain the records, and (2) notify the veteran that they are ultimately responsible for providing VA with those records.

Does the VA have access to my military medical records? ›

When you're an active, Guard and Reserve service member, and you leave military service, the Department of Defense (DoD) sends some information to the Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA). Depending on your health history and dates of service, the VA may access your DoD electronic health record.

Are my VA medical records confidential? ›

VA is bound by strict confidentiality and privacy provisions laws and regulations related to social security, families, health, child support and disability services. These provisions limit how VA collects, maintains, uses, and disposes of your information and when and to whom it may be disclosed.

What should you not say at C&P exam? ›

Do NOT ever lie or stretch the truth at a C&P exam. First, it's against the law. Second, you run the risk of having your C&P exam results tossed out. Simply tell the examiner about the severity of your symptoms and how those symptoms are negatively affecting you.

What claims can the VA not prove? ›

No, there aren't any VA disability claims that cannot be proven. In fact, all VA claims must be proven on an “at least as likely as not” basis. If you have no evidence (no proof), your VA claim will get denied.

How far back does the military check medical records? ›

The new system is called the Prescription Medication Reporting System (PMRS) and is used to pull seven years of prescription histories for all civilian recruits going to MEPS.

How a judge determines competency? ›

In determining whether the defendant is competent to stand trial, the court must determine "whether [the defendant] has sufficient present ability to consult with his lawyer with a reasonable degree of rational understanding -- and whether he has a rational as well as factual understanding of the proceedings against ...

What do I need to prove PTSD to the VA? ›

The three requirements are: A current diagnosis of PTSD. Evidence of a stressor in-service. A medical nexus opinion linking the current diagnosis to the in-service stressor.

Can VSO see C&P exam results? ›

The fastest and easiest way to get your C&P exam results from a contracted provider is to have your Accredited VSO download a copy for you from VBMS. Finally, you can get a copy of your C&P exam results (and entire VA claims file) by filing an online FOIA request for a copy of your VA C File.

Do I need Medicare if I have VA health care? ›

If you have VA benefits, you do not have to enroll in Medicare in order to keep your VA benefits. That being said, the Veterans Administration actually recommends veterans enroll in Medicare when they become eligible.

Is VA health care better than Medicare? ›

The prescription drug benefits from the VA are considered to be as good as or better than Medicare Part D, which the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services calls “creditable coverage,” so you won't have to pay a penalty if you decide to sign up for Part D later.

Does a 100 disabled veteran Need Medicare Part B? ›

However, like other beneficiaries, veterans with VA benefits will need to pay a standard Medicare Part B premium for Medicare's outpatient coverage. You will want to enroll in Medicare Part B as soon as you are eligible.

At what age does VA disability stop? ›

Your VA benefits will last for your whole life. Even if your disability is classified as less than total and not permanent, if you've been collecting benefits for 20 years or more, the amount of your benefit won't go down.

What is the VA 10 year rule? ›

VA's 10-year rule states that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs cannot terminate service connection for a disability that has been in place for at least 10 years unless there was evidence of fraud at the time of the grant.

Do you get extra money from Social Security for being a veteran? ›

Since 1957, if you had military service earnings for active duty (including active duty for training), you may have extra Social Security wage credits added to your earnings record.

What are the most common medical problems for veterans? ›

Summary
  • Shrapnel and gunshot wounds.
  • Lost limbs.
  • Head and brain injuries.
  • Tinnitus and hearing loss, typically from exposure to noise.
  • Sprains and strains.
  • Limited range of motion, especially in ankles and knees.

What are the 4 types of veterans? ›

Under VEVRAA, a veteran may be classified as a ''disabled veteran,'' ''recently separated veteran,'' ''active duty wartime or campaign badge veteran,'' or ''Armed Forces service medal veteran. ''

Can the VA refuse to treat a Veteran? ›

Under federal law, hospitals with emergency services are “obligated to provide medical screening examinations and stabilizing treatment to patients with emergency medical conditions,” regardless of their eligibility for care in other situations.

How long does it take a VA rater to make a decision? ›

The VA estimates that it takes them 94 days to review a VA disability application. However, many cases take much longer than that. Here are some factors that can shorten or extend the time it takes to reach a decision: Type of claim filed.

How do I know if my C&P exam is good? ›

The best, and often only, way to tell if a C&P exam went well for the veteran is to read the exam report. However, VA does not issue the veteran a copy of the report unless they specifically request it. To do this, veterans can send a letter requesting a copy of their exam report to their Regional Office.

How long do VA raters take? ›

On average, the VA will release your initial disability rating within the first 180 days after the claim received has been filed. However, due to numerous variables in the rating process, fellow veterans and active service members get their initial rating within the first 90 days or must wait 270 days or longer.

Does PTSD qualify SMC? ›

The veteran's 100 percent disability rating for PTSD is permanent within the meaning of 38 C.F.R. § 3.327(b)(2). The veteran is entitled to special monthly compensation based on the need for regular aid and attendance. The benefits sought on appeal are granted.

What qualifies a veteran for SMC? ›

SMC is reserved for veterans that have suffered certain severe disabilities, severely disabled veterans who are housebound, or in need of regular aid and attendance or daily healthcare services. This can include issues like Traumatic Brain Injuries, amputations, loss of use of body parts, and much much more.

Will VA SMC rates increase in 2022? ›

VA Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) Rates for 2022

Based on the COLA increase of 5.9 percent, veterans will see an increase in VA SMC rates come December 2021. The 2021 SMC rates can be used as a baseline to calculate estimates for 2022 VA SMC rates.

What makes a PSA go up? ›

For example, the PSA level tends to increase with age, prostate gland size, and inflammation or infection. A recent prostate biopsy will also increase the PSA level, as can ejaculation or vigorous exercise (such as cycling) in the 2 days before testing.

How do you get a good PSA? ›

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What influences a PSA? ›

Besides cancer, other conditions that can raise PSA levels include an enlarged prostate (also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH ) and an inflamed or infected prostate (prostatitis). Also, PSA levels normally increase with age.

Should you use a VSO for VA claims? ›

In fact, we often recommend Veterans seek the assistance of a local VSO when filing their initial claim. A VSO may also provide counseling, medical referrals, education and training, and other programs, such as work focusing on homeless Veterans. VSOs offer some good services.

How long does the VA take to send medical records? ›

If your records are in an online system, it may take up to 30 calendar days. If your records are on paper, it may take up to 60 calendar days.

How do I guarantee my VA disability? ›

There is no such thing as a “guaranteed VA disability claim,” because ALL VA disability compensation claims come down to medical evidence and can the veteran prove service connection on an “at least as likely as not” basis.

How do I pass the VA C&P exam? ›

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  5. 5) Keep a Daily Journal of your Life as a Disabled Vet.
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How do I get my full military medical records? ›

To request a complete copy of your health record, you'll need to submit a Request Pertaining to Military Records (SF 180) to the applicable organization as identified on the form.

What does DD 214 mean in the military? ›

The report of separation form issued in most recent years is the DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty. Before January 1, 1950, several similar forms were used by the military services, including the WD AGO 53, WD AGO 55, WD AGO 53-55, NAVPERS 553, NAVMC 78PD and the NAVCG 553.

Does the VA share medical records with Social Security? ›

When eligible Veterans apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, it might have taken weeks or months for Social Security to receive paper records from the VA. This new partnership lets Social Security obtain the VA Veterans' health information electronically within minutes.

Can the VA violate Hipaa? ›

What are the penalties? If a VA employee or contractor violates privacy requirements, he or she could face criminal and monetary penalties for each violation. Penalties may also apply to the supervisor and to VA.

Is VA disability protected by Hipaa? ›

ANSWER: Because the HIPAA Privacy Rule does not apply to VBA claim proceedings or records, this HIPAA Privacy Rule provision is inapplicable to the VA claims process.

What is a VA Form 2237 used for? ›

What form is used when turning in excess furniture or equipment? Excess is processed via VA Form 2237 (Request, Turn-In and Receipt for Property or Services) which can be found on VA Forms.

Can the VA deny a presumptive disability? ›

Any disabilities must have a clear in-service connection, or else the VA will deny the claim. However, there is an exception: the VA's presumptive conditions list. If you suffer from a condition on this list, you don't have to prove an in-service link, and it doesn't have to appear on your service medical records.

Does VA apply patient responsibility? ›

Employees must respect and support your rights as a patient. If you would like more information about your rights as a patient, please talk with your VA treatment team members or if necessary, a Patient Advocate. Patient Rights and Responsibilities are posted in outpatient and inpatient areas.

What is a VA Form 1151? ›

If you suffered an added disability—or your existing injury or disease got worse—while you were getting VA medical care or taking part in a VA program designed to help you find, get, or keep a job, you may be able to get compensation.

What is VA Form 10091 used for? ›

VA Form 10091 will be used throughout the VA to gather essential payment data from vendors (commercial, individuals, Veterans, employees, etc.) to establish or update vendor records in order to process electronic payments through the ACH network to the vendor's financial institution.

What is Form 5103 for the VA? ›

Supplemental Claim—a claim providing new evidence to support a disability claim that was denied.

What VA disabilities are considered permanent? ›

Certain types of service-connected disabilities automatically are deemed to support a VA rating of Permanent and Total Disability. They include the irreversible loss of use of both hands, both feet, one hand and one foot, loss of vision in both eyes, or the Veteran being permanently bedridden.

Is GERD a VA presumptive condition? ›

There is no presumptive regulation that includes GERD.

What triggers the VA duty to assist? ›

What's “Duty to Assist”? VA's Duty to Assist requires VA to assist you in getting evidence, such as medical records, that's needed to support your case. VA's Duty to Assist applies during your initial claim and if you file a Supplemental Claim.

Can I refuse treatment at the VA? ›

You can agree to or refuse any treatment. You will be told what is likely to happen to you if you refuse a treatment. Refusing a treatment will not affect your rights to future care but you take responsibility for the impact this decision may have on your health.

Does the VA pay for all medical expenses? ›

All Veterans receive coverage for most care and services, but only some will qualify for added benefits like dental care. The full list of your covered benefits depends on: Your priority group, and. The advice of your VA primary care provider (your main doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician's assistant), and.

How far back do military medical records go? ›

Some record collections date from the 1940s and 1950s, but more comprehensive information exists beginning in the 1960s. The military medical facilities transfer retiree records to the NPRC, generally after 1-5 years of inactivity.

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