New Health Benefits Handbook Personalized for Each Veteran
March 26, 2012

Itís all about you, isnít it?

Well, actually, yes it is.

Veterans enrolled in the health care system of the Department of Veterans Affairs have begun to receive personalized handbooks that explain their health care benefits and contain other useful information.

So you donít have to grab that stack of paper over there on the far corner of your desk and try to figure out what VA services are available to you.

Weíve done it for you.

ďA pleasant surprise. I was not aware of all the benefits available.Ē

The new handbook, called the Veterans Health Benefits Handbook, provides a personalized listing of health benefits based on each Veteranís specific eligibility.

It also has contact information for your local VA medical facilities, appointment scheduling information and guidelines for communicating with your clinical team.

If itís applicable, information about co-pays is in there, too.

Distribution of the handbooks began in February, with all 8.5 million Veterans enrolled in VAís health care system scheduled to receive their handbooks by May 2013.

You will also receive updates to your handbook to reflect changes to your benefits or eligibility.

Lot of Vets ó A Big Job

VA operates 152 medical centers and more than 800 community-based outpatient clinics. Last year, inpatient facilities treated more than 690,000 patients, while outpatient clinics registered more than 79 million visits.

For more information about the Veterans Health Benefits Handbook, visit or call VAís toll-free number at 1-877-222-VETS (8387).