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Home Gulf War Syndrome Eligibility for health care

Eligibility for health care

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Veterans first must enroll in VA’s health care system to receive care. There are many ways a Veteran may qualify, including:

  • Served in the Persian Gulf from August 2, 1990 to November 11, 1998
  • Served in a combat theater after November 11, 1998 (extended period of eligibility for 5 years after discharge)
  • Have a military service-connected disability
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 15:03  

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Did you know?

A veteran’s family must request a United States flag.

A flag is provided at no cost to drape the casket or accompany the urn of a deceased veteran. Generally, the flag is given to the next of kin. Only one flag may be provided per veteran. Upon the request of the family, an “Application for United States Flag for Burial Purposes” (VA Form 21-2008) must be submitted along with a copy of the veteran’s discharge papers. Flags may be obtained from VA regional offices and most U.S. Post Offices.