World War II Veterans Gain No-Cost VA Health Care

Updated: November 20, 2023

World War II Veterans can now get no-cost VA health care and nursing home care, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. The decision affects the fewer than 120,000 surviving WWII Veterans in the U.S. 

The expansion of this care means you or any of your loved ones who are WWII Veterans will have no copays, no enrollment fees, and no monthly premiums

Any eligible WWII Veteran who uses the expanded VA health care benefits can still keep their private provider, Medicare, or most other insurance for their care needs. 

WWII Veteran Eligibility

The expansion of care affects World War II Veterans who served between December 7, 1941, and December 31, 1946. The expanded care also ends any previous length of service or financial status requirements to receive VA health care.


The VA is reaching out to those Veterans who are not enrolled in VA care by either phone or mail. As mentioned above, any WWII Veteran can enroll in this expansion for no-cost VA health care and keep their private provider, Medicare, or another insurance option.

Suppose you or a loved one served during World War II and were previously denied due to income limits. In that case, you should apply again because even though the benefit removes the income limit barrier, the VA cannot automatically enroll you for the expanded care. 

Applying for No-Cost VA Health Care

You can call 1-800-MyVA411 (800-698-2411), apply online through the VA, or visit your nearest VA medical center or clinic.

Written by Team