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Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI)

Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI)

Updated: November 2, 2022

Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI) is a term life insurance policy option offered to those who were enrolled in Servicemembers Group Life Insurance (SGLI) while serving in uniform. VGLI is offered to retiring and separating military members as replacement coverage. You don’t have to transition into civilian life without life insurance coverage, and VGLI allows […]

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Can Military Spouses get Breast Implants for Free?

Updated: November 4, 2022

Medical necessity when there is a breast reduction: Severe chest or back pain, some birth defects and cosmetic deformities may be enough to receive free or discounted breast implants. Military doctors in training, or residents in plastic surgery, must complete a certain number of surgical procedures to fulfill licensing and board certification requirements, including performing […]

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Veteran Health ID Card

VA Veteran Health ID Card (VHIC)

Updated: November 4, 2022

Veterans are offered several identification cards, such as a Department of Defense ID, a Veteran ID card or the Veteran Health ID card (VHIC). Military retirees get access to base privileges (BX, commissary, health clinics, etc.) with the DoD card., Some may choose to get Veteran designation printed on their state-issued IDs. A Veteran ID […]

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Military Spouses and Cannabis Use

Updated: November 3, 2022

There are more than 30 states in which cannabis use is legal, either recreationally or medically. Some military spouses who live in states where marijuana is legal sometimes find themselves asking, “Does that mean I can smoke?” If you’re a military spouse or dependent who is wondering how new cannabis laws affect military regulations, here’s […]

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COVID-19 Vaccine for Veterans

COVID Vaccine for Veterans

Updated: November 4, 2022

The road toward getting a Covid-19 vaccine for veterans has been a long one. New legislation has expanded vaccine access for veterans and family members. As of Aug. 21, 2021, all veterans, their spouses and their caregivers, as well as CHAMPVA recipients, are now eligible to receive a  Covid-19 vaccine at their Department of Veterans […]

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VA Form 10-10ez: Healthcare Application for Health Benefits

VA Form 10-10ez: Healthcare Application

Updated: November 4, 2022

What is a 10-10EZ? The VA Form 10-10EZ allows veterans to apply for enrollment in the VA health care system. The VA uses the information provided on the form to determine the veteran’s eligibility for medical benefits. Usually, the form only takes about 30 minutes to complete. Veterans who require assistance completing the form may: […]

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How VA Health Care Works With Other Health Insurance

Updated: October 25, 2022

The Veterans Health Administration offers first-class health care to eligible veterans. Enrollment in VA health care fulfills the Affordable Care Act (ACA) coverage requirement. Despite this, the VA encourages veterans to keep their private insurance – like Tricare – which can help pay for services the VA doesn’t cover, such as non-service connected conditions. While […]

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DOD and VA policy on medical marijuana

VA Policy On Medical Marijuana and Veterans

Updated: December 23, 2022

Under current Department of Veterans Affairs policy, any substance listed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a Schedule 1 controlled substance is subject to the same prohibition at the VA level. However, as more states consider legalizing medical marijuana, a growing number of veterans and interest groups have urged the government to reconsider […]

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Burn Pits

What are Burn Pits? and more information

Updated: June 27, 2022

What are burn pits and why do they continue to raise concern for veterans of military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere? The Department of Veterans Affairs summarizes U.S. burn pit operations on its official site as being “a common way to get rid of waste at military sites in Iraq and Afghanistan.” That waste […]

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Veterans Health H

Veterans Health Reference Guide – Starting with H

Updated: June 10, 2022

Our A to Z guide on veterans’ health and medical topics continues here with the letter H. Read on for more information about high blood pressure, health registry evaluations, hearing aids and other VA health subjects that start with H. Editor’s note: does not provide medical advice or diagnoses. This page contains general information […]

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