VA Health Care Use among OEF, OIF, and OND Veterans
About 55% of newly eligible Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or Operation New Dawn (OEF/OIF/OND) Veterans chose to use VA health care services between 2002 and 2010. These findings are from a study that looks at patterns in VA health care use among OEF/OIF/OND Veterans.
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Health Care Use Among OEF/OIF/OND Veterans (2002 – 2010)
Between 2002-2010 1,234,965 Veterans who served in Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, or New Dawn (OEF/OIF/OND) became eligible for VA health care.
Approximately 18 million health care visits at VA were from Veterans in this group.
Since 2005 about 140,000 new Veterans have become eligible each year to receive VA health care. Between 50-60% of each year’s newly eligible group chooses to use VA health care.
Number of Individual Veterans using VA Health Care
Active Duty: 375,004
National Guard/Reserve: 312,930
Veterans who served in the “combat” or “logistics” occupational groups were more likely to use VA health care than Veterans who served in other groups.
Top Reasons for First Visit
- Contact with health services
- Mental disorders
- Musculoskeletal system or connective tissue
- Digestive system
Who is Using VA Health Care?
PERCENTAGE OF ELIGIBLE VETERANS USING VA HEALTH CARE BY BRANCH
Who is using VA care?
(Percentage of eligible veterans using VHA health care)
|Service Branch||Active Duty (%)||Reserve/National Guard (%)|
Army and Marine Corps Veterans used VA health care more than any other branches.
PERCENTAGE OF ELIGIBLE VETERANS USING VA HEALTH CARE BY CUMULATIVE TIME DEPLOYED*
|Months||Active Duty (%)||Reserve/National Guard (%)|
Health care use increased with longer deployment time.
*Percentages only include OEF/OIF/OND deployments.
U.S Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Health Administration
Office of Public Health
Note: All percentages have been rounded
Health care utilization reports
Four times per year, VA publishes reports that describe the health care use of OEF/OIF/OND Veterans at VA facilities.
Not enrolled in the VA health care system? Find out if you qualify. OEF, OIF, and OND combat Veterans are eligible for VA health care for five years after leaving the military. There are also other ways to qualify, for example by having a service-connected disability .
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