Help the VA Connect Veterans to Their Entitled Benefits

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is reaching out to providers, health care professionals and advocates, social workers, and other people who have contact with veterans through their jobs in an effort to make sure our veterans know about their VA benefits. Many Veterans, according to the VA, don’t fully understand all the VA benefits they qualify to receive. That’s why the VA is now aiming some of its education to providers who work with this population as a way to spread the word about these benefits and increase the numbers of Veterans who make full use of the benefits to which they are entitled. With more than 22 million military Veterans nationwide, if you are a professional in the health care field your chances of working with a Veteran are quite high.

One upcoming educational activity the VA is sponsoring is a webinar that gives professionals who work with Veterans a basic understanding about VA benefits and some resources they can use to refer Veterans to VA to get their entitled benefits. The next session is on September 11, 2012 from 9:00 – 10:30a.m. PDT. Register at:

Also, our website section on Medicare and VA benefits and our fact sheet, Medicare and Veterans Administration Medical Benefits Package gives an overview of the VA benefits and how to apply.

For any questions about the VA sponsored webinar, contact Voncelle James at (202) 530-9219 or


Karen Joy Fletcher

Our blogger Karen Joy Fletcher is CHA’s Communications Director. With a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley, she is the online “public face” of the organization, provides technical expertise, writing and research on Medicare and other health care issues. She is responsible for digital content creation, management of CHA’s editorial calendar, and managing all aspects of CHA’s social media presence. She loves being a “communicator” and enjoys networking and collaborating with the passionate people and agencies in the health advocacy field. See her current articles.