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2014-10-16

VA Healthcare - how veterans can enroll

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Veterans may obtain a wide range of medical services at the Kerrville VA Medical Center, including primary care and selected specialties such as the Geriatric Medicine Clinic (GEM).
Veterans who need care that is not available at the Kerrville Center will be referred to the Audie Murphy Medical Center in San Antonio or to a non-VA specialist.
Additionally, new rural-oriented, tele-health capabilities are available to monitor various conditions and reduce the requirement to travel. Enrolling is easier than ever with in-person, online, fax and phone and local assistance.
Veterans are urged to apply for VA healthcare benefits. To apply for benefits, complete VA Form 10-10EZ - Application for Health Benefits. This form may be obtained from any VA facility, a local Veterans Service Officer (VSO) or online at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/form_detail.asp?FormNo=10EZ.
After completing form 10-10EZ, veterans should take it, along with the DD-214, to the admissions desk at the Kerrville VA. Veterans with Purple Hearts not indicated on the DD-214 must bring their citations, along with copies of their Health Insurance cards such as Medicare, Private or Tricare.
Those receiving VA Disability Compensation or Non-Service Connected Pension must provide a copy of the VA rating letter or annual summary letter that granted the benefit. The application may also be faxed to 210-949-3296 in San Antonio. The application may also be completed entirely online at https://www.1010ez.med.va.gov/sec/vha/1010ez/Form/1010ez.pdf.
Veterans are urged to apply for VA healthcare benefits even if they think they do not qualify for or do not need VA healthcare.
Applications for care at the Kerrville VA boosts the number of veterans requesting local services. Staffing levels and the medical services offered are primarily based on demand and the number of patients enrolled. This number is important in maintaining and improving medical services to veterans in the Kerrville area.
The Kerrville VA Medical Center is located at 3600 Memorial Boulevard (Highway 27), just a block off Highway 173. Telephone is 830-896-2020. Local phone or in-person assistance is available from Mary Jo Schaffer, veterans service officer for Bandera County, at 830-460-1643 or maryjo.schaffer@hotmail.com. Amador Lugo, American Legion Post 157 VSO, can also provide assistance at 830-796-7528, amador.lugo@aol.com or amlegion157@live.com.
The Kerrville VA facility does not offer emergency care. Veterans needing emergency care should seek immediate assistance at a local hospital. For information about non-VA care, visit http://www.nonvacare.va.gov/.