Sunday, April 20, 2014   

Medical Benefits

VA will provide health care, including medical or other treatment as required, to any honorably discharged veteran who meets the eligibility requirements. VA will also furnish care to certain persons who received an other than honorable discharge from service, but only for a disability which was incurred in or aggravated by service, in the line of duty.

Service Eligibility Requirements:

  • For service prior to September 1, 1980 a veteran must have one day or more of active duty to be eligible to receive healthcare.
  • For service after September 1, 1980, a veteran must have served twenty-four consecutive months of active duty. The exception to this rule is if the veteran has served one or more days in combat.

You must complete a VA Form 10-10EZ Application for Health Benefits, and submit it and a copy of your DD-214 discharge papers to the nearest VA medical facility.

The applications must be sent to the hospital of jurisdiction over the satellite clinics. Therefore, when applying to the Wilmington VA Clinic you will need to mail the application to VAMC Fayetteville or if you are applying to the Myrtle Beach VA Clinic, you will need to submit the application to the VAMC Charleston.

Mail to:     VAMC Fayetteville
2300 Ramsey Street
Fayetteville, NC 28301
     * OR *      VAMC Charleston
109 Bee Street
Charleston, SC 29401-5799

Once you submit your application for health benefits, VA will determine your eligibility, and assign you to a Priority Group.
The VA uses priority groups to balance demand for VA health care enrollment. There are eight different priority groups. These priority groups are based upon whether the veteran has a service connected disability, received a Purple Heart, or was a Prisoner of War (POW). Income and net worth may be factors.

To verify receipt of your application and check your status for an appointment with the VA, contact the VA Medical Center of jurisdiction; ask to speak with Health Eligibility.

VAMC Fayetteville
Phone # (800) 771-6106
VAMC Charleston
Phone # (843) 577-5011

If you are currently assigned to one of these clinics and need to contact them for any reason; their phone numbers are listed below.

Brunswick County Outreach Clinic
Phone # (910) 754-6141
Myrtle Beach VA Clinic
Phone # (843) 477-0177
Wilmington VA Healthcare Center
Phone # (910) 343-5300