What Prescription Drug Benefits Do Veterans Get?

Eligible veterans who receive VA health care benefits and have a VA primary health care provider also receive prescription drug benefits that cover all the medications they need for their treatments, reports the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans with service-connected disabilities may obtain their medications for free, while others must pay a copayment for their medications.

To be eligible for health care and prescription drug benefits, veterans must not have had a dishonorable discharge, as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs explains, and if they enlisted after September 7, 1980, they must have served 24 consecutive months or their full periods of active duty. However, if they received a disability, hardship or early out discharge, the length of active duty stipulation may not apply. Some veterans receive enhanced eligibility status, including former prisoners of war as well as Medal of Honor and Purple Heart recipients. Because of the number of other possible exceptions, the VA recommends that all veterans apply for health benefits so that it can assess their eligibility.

Once veterans receive prescriptions from their primary health care providers, they can refill them online through the My HealtheVet website, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. They can also refill their prescriptions by mail. The VA provides medications that non-VA health care providers prescribe only if the veterans' VA primary health care provider approves the prescription.