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You may be eligible for VA health care benefits if you served in the active military, naval, or air service and didn’t receive a dishonorable discharge.

  • If you enlisted after September 7, 1980, or entered active duty after October 16, 1981, you must have served 24 continuous months or the full period for which you were called to active duty, unless any of the descriptions below are true for you.This minimum duty requirement may not apply if any of these are true. You:
    • Were discharged for a disability that was caused—or made worse—by your active-duty service, or
    • Were discharged for a hardship or “early out,” or
    • Served prior to September 7, 1980
  • If you’re a current or former member of the Reserves or National Guard, you must have been called to active duty by a federal order and completed the full period for which you were called or ordered to active duty. If you had or have active-duty status for training purposes only, you don’t qualify for VA health care.

At least one of these must be true. You:

  • Receive financial compensation (payments) from VA for a service-connected disability
  • Were discharged for a disability resulting from something that happened to you in the line of duty
  • Were discharged for a disability that got worse in the line of duty
  • Are a recently discharged combat Veteran
  • Get a VA pension
  • Are a former prisoner of war (POW)
  • Have received a Purple Heart
  • Have received a Medal of Honor
  • Get (or qualify for) Medicaid benefits
  • Served in Vietnam between January 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975
  • Served in Southwest Asia during the Gulf War between August 2, 1990, and November 11, 1998
  • Served at least 30 days at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987

If none of the above apply to you, you may still qualify for care based on your income. Learn more about how the amount of money your family makes can affect whether you qualify for VA benefits. Learn more about income limits

Learn more about eligibility, priority groups, and how to apply at

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There are a variety of ways to apply for VA Health Care.

You can:

  1. Apply online at
  2. Apply in person. Here is a list of local VA facilities on the North Shore, or you can search for VA locations here.
  3. Apply by phone. Call 1-877-222-8387 M-F, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. EST
  4. Apply by mail. Print and fill out VA Form 10-10EZ. Then mail it to:

Health Eligibility Center
2957 Clairmont Rd, Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30329-1647

    You may use ANY of the following to request assistance:

    • Ask VA to help you fill out the form by calling us at 1-877-222-VETS (8387).
    • Access the VA website at and select “Contact Us” at the top right.
    • Contact the Enrollment Coordinator at your local VA health care facility. (See above list of local VA facilities)
    • Contact a National or State Veterans Service Organization, including your local VSO from your Massachusetts City or Town.

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    Medical Centers

    Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans’ Hospital 

    200 Springs Road
    Bedford, MA 01730
    781-687-2000 | 800-838-6331

    VA Boston Healthcare System

    • Brockton Division
      940 Belmont Street
      Brockton, MA 02301
      508-583-4500 (800-865-3384)
    • Jamaica Plain Division
      150 S. Huntington Avenue
      Boston, MA 02130
      617-232-9500  (800-865-3384)
    • West Roxbury Division
      1400 VFW Parkway
      West Roxbury, MA 02132
      617-323-7700 (800-865-3384)

    Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs)

    • Gloucester
      Located within Addison Gilbert Hospital
      298 Washington Street, Gloucester
      (800) VET-MED1
    • Haverhill
      108 Merrimack Street, Haverhill
      (800) VET-MED1
    • Lowell
      130 Marshall Road, Lowell
      (800) VET-MED1
    • Lynn, see North Shore
      North Shore
      225 Boston Street, Suite 107, Lynn
      (800) VET-MED1

    Vet Centers

    • Lowell Vet Center
      10 George Street
      Lowell, MA 08152
      (978) 453-1151

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