All veterans are encouraged to enroll in the VA Health Care System. To begin the process, please complete an Application for Health Care Benefits. You can submit the form online, or you may print the form and mail it to us at:
Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center
Business Office - Eligibility
1481 West 10th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
You can also bring the form to the Medical Center. The Eligibility Office is located on the ground floor of the Ambulatory Care building.
Whether mailing or bringing your application, please include the following items —
To speak to someone in our eligibility office, please call (317) 554-0000. Outside of area code (317), call 888-878-6889.
How VA is Structured (and Why it Matters to You): An easy to digest overview of how the department is set up and how this could affect you when filing benefits
New to VA: An overall idea of who is eligible for benefits and how to apply
Benefits Links and Phone Numbers: this comprehensive list is chocked full of useful phone numbers and web site links that pertain to your VA benefits
Your Medical Benefits package Your comprehensive VA Health Benefits includes all the necessary inpatient hospital care and outpatient services to promote, preserve, or restore your health
2011 VA Benefits book for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors: A breakdown of benefits for you and your family
A-Z Health Topic Finder: A list of health topics in alphabetical order
Locations: View interactive maps of VA hospitals and centers across the U.S.
GI Bill: Don’t fall victim to information overload. Go here for accurate information on your educational benefits
National Center for PTSD: A resource for obtaining VA mental health care and/or related information
Homeless Veterans: Learn about preventative services and how to get on-the-spot help
Center for Women Veterans: A breakdown of services and benefits for the approximately 1.8 million female Vets in the country
VA Home loans: Helpful information on obtaining a home loan
VA National Cemeteries: Browse VA cemeteries by state
Contact Us: Give us a call, we are here to help Veterans and their families in any way that we can.
If you served in the active military, naval or air service and are separated under any condition other than dishonorable, you may qualify for VA health care benefits. Current and former members of the Reserves or National Guard who were called to active duty (other than for training only) by a federal order and completed the full period for which they were called or ordered to active duty may be eligible for VA health care as well.
Most Veterans who enlisted after September 7, 1980, or entered active duty after October 16, 1981, must have served 24 continuous months or the full period for which they were called to active duty in order to be eligible. This minimum duty requirement may not apply to Veterans who were discharged for a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, discharged for a hardship, or received an "early out." Since there are a number of other exceptions to the minimum duty requirements, VA encourages all Veterans to apply in order to determine their enrollment eligibility.
VA is producing a personalized "Veterans Health Benefits Handbook" for each Veteran enrolled in the VA health care system. The purpose of the handbook is to provide a current and accurate description of VA health care benefits and services. Your handbook will be tailored specifically to you with personal identifying information and should be safeguarded as you would any other sensitive personal document.
The "Veterans Health Benefits Handbook" includes:
You will receive your personalized handbook via U.S. mail; therefore, you should have a current address on file with VA. Handbooks are mailed based on Priority Group, beginning with Priority Group 1 and ending with Priority Group 8. To see when you might receive your handbook, go to the distribution schedule. You may also call VA toll-free at 1-877-222-VETS (8387) if you need to update your address or receive additional information.
VA also publishes the "Veterans Health Benefits Guide" designed to provide general information about the VA Medical Benefits Package, and the "Health Care Benefits Overview" designed to provide the information Veterans need to understand VA's health care system, with answers to frequently asked questions about eligibility and benefits.
Both publications are available to you at the Richard L. Roudebush VAMC, Indianapolis, Indiana, and can be downloaded at http://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/resources/epublications.asp.
These publications are very helpful, and we encourage you to refer to them whenever you have questions about your eligibility for specific health care benefits. Additional assistance is available at the following resources: