The Benefits of Service for Our Nation’s Veterans

Service. Courage. Honor. Healthcare. You certainly won’t see that last word—healthcare—on a Veterans Day parade banner. But it belongs there nonetheless. For one important way the U.S. Government honors military service is by providing its Veterans first-rate health benefits and services. It’s the care they have earned.

051-000-00254-7 Guiding our nation’s Veterans and their families through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) health benefits and services network—America’s largest integrated health care system—is a job for Health Care Benefits Overview 2015 Edition, Vol. 2. The 50-page booklet states: “Enrollment in the VA health care system provides Veterans with the promise that comprehensive health care services will be available when and where they are needed.” Now that’s a guarantee worth reading about!

A few neat facts from the benefits overview: VA serves more than 8 million Veterans each year. Coverage is immediate, travels with recipients, meets healthcare law standards, and surpasses quality and effectiveness measurements. And VA offers a free transportation program for Veterans who face challenges traveling to and from health care facilities.

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Of course, the publication includes the standard cut-and-dry FAQs on basic eligibility requirements, enrollment, copays, Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage, and the like. The comprehensive medical benefits package available to Veterans doesn’t stop there. Information on services such as community living centers, medical foster homes, geriatric evaluation, and home telehealth is part of the VA’s silver plate of world-class care.

In a way, this publication functions a bit like a magazine advertising modern, digital services: Veterans Crisis Line, My HealtheVet, eBenefits gateway, and the Veterans Canteen Service all have attention-grabbing ads. It’s a smart strategy. Meeting vets on the interwebs and connecting them to their VA medical benefits package is a necessary update to the care they have earned.

One particular statement, from a full-page dangling dog tag advert on page 34 (image above), provides the perfect ending to this post: “Thank you for your service. Now let us serve you.”

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About the author: Our guest blogger is Chelsea Milko, Public Relations Specialist in GPO’s Public Relations Office.


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