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Taking Care of Your Loved Ones: Health Care for Spouses, Dependents and Family Caregivers

Having access to quality health care is an important part of making sure you and your loved ones live full and healthy lives. Spouses, surviving spouses, dependent children and family caregivers of Veterans and Service members may qualify for health care benefits. In certain cases, they may also qualify for benefits due to a disability related to your service.

Service member with familyThere are several options outlined below to explore. Click the links to each program to find out whether your family members qualify, how to apply and much more.

TRICARE provides comprehensive health coverage, including health plans, dental plans and more. Family members of active-duty, retired or deceased Service members, National Guard soldiers, Reservists or Medal of Honor recipients may qualify.

The Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) covers the cost of some health care services and supplies. Current or surviving spouses or children of a Veteran with disabilities or a Service member who died in the line of duty, who don’t qualify for TRICARE, may be able to get health care through CHAMPVA.

The Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers offers support and services, such as caregiver training, mental health counseling and respite care, to family caregivers of eligible Veterans who were seriously injured in the line of duty during certain time periods and who meet other eligibility requirements.

The Camp Lejeune Family Member Program was created for spouses or children of Veterans who lived at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune or Marine Corps Air Station in North Carolina during certain time periods who may have been exposed to contaminants in drinking water that have been linked to certain diseases.

Spouses, surviving spouses, dependent children and family caregivers of Veterans and Service members may qualify for health care benefits.

The Spina Bifida Health Care Benefits Program offers disability benefits, including health care benefits, for biological children of Korean or Vietnam War Veterans who have been diagnosed with spina bifida.

The Children of Women Vietnam Veterans Health Care Benefits Program offers VA health care benefits related to certain birth defects and related medical conditions for biological children of women Vietnam War Veterans.

In addition to health care, VA offers other benefits to spouses, dependents and survivors that your family members may qualify for as well, including education and training, employment, home loan programs, life insurance options and much more.

VA is committed to offering quality health care options for you and your family members. Make sure your loved ones are receiving the best care possible.

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