As in the past, you can call a VA clinic or hospital (see the preceding section for the local facilities) and they will send you a VA Form 1010EZ (Application for Health Benefits) package to complete; or you could go down to the facility and pick up the package. Click here for the new online way of doing it (which also simply explains the entire process) … or you can now apply to enroll in the VA’s healthcare system by picking up the phone and dialing 1-877-222-8387 (VETS)between Monday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST. As of 5 July 2016, telephone applications no longer require a follow-up signature.
If you need additional assistance, call the same number or contact your local clinic or hospital and arrange it. For an alternative summary on how to apply, click here.
As of 5 August 2016