Veterans enrolled to receive health benefits from the United States Department of Veterans' Affairs can go to VA hospitals for treatment; the department defines a "veteran" as someone who served in active military service and did not receive a dishonorable discharge. Veterans who enlisted after September 7, 1980 must have served their full period of active duty or 24 continuous months of service to be eligible.
U.S. law requires that eligible veterans be provided with any needed medical care through hospitals or outpatient services. While there are some minimum requirements a veteran must meet to be considered eligible, there are many exceptions. For example, a veteran may become eligible due to a disability. Veterans should complete an application with the Department of Veterans' Affairs to determine their benefits.