Become a Patient - Veteran Health Indiana
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Veteran Health Indiana


Become a Patient

Choose VA for your health care needs. With VA health care, each Veteran's medical benefits package is unique. You can apply for VA health care online from the comfort of your own home.


You've earned it! We encourage all Veterans to enroll into their VA Health Care System. To start, 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 04HBU
1481 West 10th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202

You can also bring the form to the Medical Center. The Health Benefits Unit (HBU) is conveniently located just inside of the Atrium entrance.

Whether mailing or bringing your application, please include the following items:

  • a copy of both sides of your current insurance card (including Medicare and/or Medicaid);
  • a copy of your DD214 Armed Forces Report of Transfer or Discharge;
  • (Purple Heart recipients only) a copy of your award letter if 'Purple Heart' if it is not already noted on your DD214.

To speak to someone in your HBU, please call (317) 988-4301. 

As of June 2016, you can now apply with this new, easier VA HEALTH CARE ONLINE APPLICATION.

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


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

2017 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 using your VA eligibility

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.

Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors Phone Numbers and Web Sites 


Basic Eligibility

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.

Minimum Duty Requirements

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, were 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.

Veterans Health Benefits Handbook

VA produces a personalized “Veterans Health Benefits Handbook” for each Veteran enrolled in the VA health care system. The handbook provides 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:

  • Eligibility and health care benefits,
  • Contact information for your preferred facility,
  • Information regarding copayment responsibilities,
  • Instructions on how to schedule appointments,
  • Guidelines to communicate treatment needs,
  • Patient rights,
  • Ways to obtain copies of medical records and
  • Other important information.

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. For more information, go to You may also call VA toll-free at 1-877-222-VETS (8387) if you need to update your address or receive more information.

Health Care Benefits Overview

VA publishes the "Health Care Benefits Overview" booklet, which provides general information and frequently asked questions about VA’s medical benefits package available for all enrollees, and other information such as eligibility for enrollment.

The publication is available and can be downloaded at

We encourage you to refer to it whenever you have questions about your eligibility for specific health care benefits. More information is available at the following resources: