On Nov. 10, 2023, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that all World War II veterans are now eligible for no-cost VA health care. Under this expansion, anyone who served between Dec. 7, 1941, and Dec. 31, 1946, will not have to pay inpatient or outpatient copays, enrollment fees or monthly premiums.

While veterans will no longer have to pay inpatient or outpatient copays, they may still have to pay modest medication, urgent care or long-term care copayments in some cases, depending on their eligibility and service connection.

Veterans who were not approved for VA health care in the past due to income limits are encouraged to apply again. The VA cannot automatically enroll these veterans. Therefore, World War II veterans must apply themselves if they are not currently enrolled.

DAV benefits advocates can help you file for VA health care. Please contact your nearest DAV service office by visiting benefitsquestions.org.