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Health Insurance for Veterans

Congress passed the Veteran’s Health Care Eligibility Reform Act in October of 1996 which created a Medical Benefits Package available to all enrolled veterans. This package encourages preventative care and provides for outpatient and inpatient services. There is an annual enrollment system to ensure the quality of health care and services to veterans. Low-income veterans and those with service-connected disabilities are ensured enrollment in the program. All enrolled veterans are able to carry the veteran health insurance benefits to any VA hospital or VA health care facility.

Qualifications to Receive Health Insurance for Veterans

Active military personnel of the following sectors and any that have been discharged (other than for dishonorable conditions):

-Army
-Navy
-Air Force
-Marines
-Coast Guard
-Merchant Marines during WWII
-Reservist National Guard members who have been called to active duty under the Federal Executive Order

Other Qualifying Veterans

According to the Department of Veteran Affairs, the following groups also qualify for health insurance for veterans:

-Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs).
-World War I Signal Corps Female Telephone Operators Unit.
-Engineer Field Clerks.
-Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC).
-Quartermaster Corps female clerical employees serving with the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I.
-Civilian employees of Pacific naval air bases who actively participated in defense of Wake Island during World War II.
-Reconstruction aides and dietitians in World War I.
-Male civilian ferry pilots.
-Wake Island defenders from Guam.
-Civilian personnel assigned to OSS secret intelligence.
-Guam Combat Patrol.
-Quartermaster Corps members of the Keswick crew on Corregidor during World War II.
-U.S. civilians who participated in the defense of Bataan.
-U.S. merchant seamen who served on blockships in support of Operation Mulberry in the World War II invasion of Normandy.
-American merchant marines in oceangoing service during World War II.
-Civilian Navy IFF radar technicians who served in combat areas of the Pacific during World War II.
-U.S. civilians of the American Field Service who served overseas in World War I.
-U.S. civilians of the American Field Service who served overseas under U.S. armies and U.S. army groups in World War II.
-U.S. civilian employees of American Airlines who served overseas in a contract with the Air Transport Command between Dec. 14, 1941, and Aug. 14, 1945.
-Civilian crewmen of U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey vessels who served in areas of immediate military hazard while conducting cooperative operations with and for the U.S. Armed Forces between Dec. 7, 1941, and Aug. 15, 1945.
-Members of the American Volunteer Group (Flying Tigers) who served between Dec. 7, 1941, and July 18, 1942.
-U.S. civilian flight crew and aviation ground support employees of United Air Lines who served overseas in a contract with Air Transport Command between Dec. 14, 1941, and Aug. 14, 1945. -U.S. civilian flight crew and aviation ground support employees of Transcontinental and Western Air, Inc. (TWA), who served overseas in a contract with the Air Transport Command between Dec. 14, 1941, and Aug. 14, 1945.
-U.S. civilian flight crew and aviation ground support employees of Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corp. (Consairway Division) who served overseas in a contract with Air Transport Command between Dec. 14, 1941, and Aug. 14, 1945.
-U.S. civilian flight crew and aviation ground support employees of Pan American World Airways and its subsidiaries and affiliates, who served overseas in a contract with the Air Transport Command and Naval Air Transport Service between Dec. 14, 1941, and Aug. 14, 1945.
-Honorably discharged members of the American Volunteer Guard, Eritrea Service Command, between June 21, 1942, and March 31, 1943.
-U.S. civilian flight crew and aviation ground support employees of Northwest Airlines who served overseas under the airline’s contract with Air Transport Command from Dec. 14, 1941, through Aug. 14, 1945.
-U.S. civilian female employees of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps who served in the defense of Bataan and Corregidor during the period Jan. 2, 1942, to Feb. 3, 1945.
-U.S. flight crew and aviation ground support employees of Northeast Airlines Atlantic Division, who served overseas as a result of Northeast Airlines’ contract with the Air Transport Command during the period Dec. 7, 1941, through Aug. 14, 1945.
-U.S. civilian flight crew and aviation ground support employees of Braniff Airways, who served overseas in the North Atlantic or under the jurisdiction of the North Atlantic Wing, Air Transport Command, as a result of a contract with the Air Transport Command during the period Feb. 26, 1942, through Aug. 14, 1945.
-Honorably discharged members of the Alaska Territorial Guard during World War II. Some other WWI or WWII Veterans from allied countries are eligible for veteran health insurance. Foreign veterans are eligible under certain circumstances depending on the war and their current status as citizens of the United States. Other circumstances include the treatment of injuries resulting from a particular conflict. According to the Department of Veteran Affairs, eligible individuals include:
-Veterans of Czechoslovakia and Poland who served during WWI or WWII against an enemy of the United States are eligible for veteran health insurance if:

-They also served in or with the Armed Forces of Great Britain or France during either WWI or WWII and
-Have been citizens of the United States for at least 10 years and
-Who present satisfactory evidence of such military service

-Veterans of Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, or South Africa who served in WWI or WWII are eligible for benefits if they incurred disabilities as a result of conflict during these wars

-Filipino Veterans are eligible for benefits if:

-They are Filipino Commonwealth Army Veterans
-They are New Filipino Scouts or
-They are veterans recognized as belonging to organized Filipino Guerilla Forces
-They must reside in the United States and are citizens or are lawfully admitted for permanent residence.
-Old Filipino Scouts are eligible for veteran health insurance

-Veteran health insurance may be authorized for additional foreign veterans of conflicts post WWII if the veteran is from a country that was allied to the US during WWI or WWII and veteran care is authorized by that country
According to the Department of Veteran Affairs additional groups who qualify for veteran health insurance include:
-Engineer Field Clerks (WWI).
-Civilian Crewmen of United States Coast and Geodetic Survey (USCGS) Vessels Who Performed Their Service in Areas of Immediate Military Hazard While Conducting Cooperative Operations with and for the United States Armed Forces Within a Time Frame of December 7, 1941, to August 15, 1945 on a qualifying USCGS vessel. Qualifying USCGS vessels are the Derickson, Explorer, Gilbert, Hilgard, E. Lester Jones, Lydonia, Patton, Surveyor, Wainwright, Westdahl, Oceanographer, Hydrographer, and Pathfinder.
-U.S. Civilian Flight Crew (including pursers) and Aviation Ground Support Employees of Transcontinental and Western Air (TWA), Inc., Who Served Overseas as a Result of TWA's Contract with the Air Transport Command During the Period December 14, 1941, through August 14, 1945.
-The approximately 50 Chamorro and Carolinian former native policemen who received military training in the Donnal area of central Saipan and were placed under the command of Lt. Casino of the 6th Provisional Military Police Battalion to accompany United States Marines on active, combat-patrol activity from August 19, 1945, to September 2, 1945.
-Three scouts/guides, Miguel Tenorio, Penedicto Taisacan, and Cristino Dela Cruz, who assisted the United States Marines in the offensive operations against the Japanese on the Northern Mariana Islands from June 19, 1944, through September 2, 1945.
-The Operational Analysis Group of the Office of Scientific Research and Development, Office of Emergency Management, which served overseas with the U.S. Army Air Corps from December 7, 1941, through August 15, 1945.
-Alaska Territorial Guard: Members of the Alaska Territorial Guard during World War II who were honorably discharged from such service as determined by the Secretary of Defense.


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