To qualify for benefits at the Dallas VA hospital, veterans must have served in active duty for the full time their branch called them to service or for a minimum of 24 months. To determine eligibility, the veteran completes the application and enrolls in the Veterans Administration healthcare system.
Under certain conditions, vets who served less than 24 months in active duty also qualify for service, but each case requires special consideration.
When the military discharges a veteran, it assigns his discharge as honorable, other than honorable and dishonorable. Vets who separate from the service with a dishonorable discharge may qualify for benefits. The VA also considers its own available resources, whether the vet has a service-related disability and his income in determining if he qualifies.
As of 2015, the VA produces a Health Care Benefits Overview that address the general benefits available to the veteran through the North Texas VA Medical Center. This booklet is available for viewing at the center's website. Each veteran enrolled in the healthcare system also receives a personalized veterans health benefits handbook after completing his enrollment. The VA mails these books based on the veteran's assigned priority group; the books include information regarding co-pays, benefits and patient rights.