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SERVING OUR VETERANS: Dental, hearing, and optical benefits for veterans

By Staff | Dec 6, 2019

Due to the aging population of our veterans in Pierce County, I often get questions regarding their dental, hearing and optical benefits. I will briefly give a summary of the eligibility requirements for each of these medical issues.

VA Dental Benefits for Veterans:

Must have a service-connected dental condition or,

Receiving Vocational Rehabilitation Service (restrictions apply) or,

Have a service-connected rating of 100 percent or 100 percent due to individual unemployability, Permanent and Total (IU/PT). IU/PT means that your service-connected issues are not going to get better and that you are not capable of gainful employment.

VA Hearing Aids for Veterans:

Must be doctoring at the VA, and have your VA primary care provider refer you to audiology, based on you are unable to actively participate in your health care due to your hearing loss or,

Have a hearing-related VA service connection or,

Have at least a 10 percent VA service connection and a referral from your VA primary healthcare provider.

VA Eye Glasses for Veterans:

Must be doctoring at the VA and have your VA primary care provider refer you to optometry, based on you are unable to actively participate in your health care due to your eye sight or,

Have at least a 10 percent VA service connection and a referral from your VA primary healthcare provider.

Since Sept. 19, 2016, veterans receiving care at VA Medical Centers will now be able to schedule routine ear and eye appointments at local VA Audiology and Optometry clinics without a primary care referral – a move that eliminates multiple steps and gets veterans into appointments quicker.

For veterans who have a financial hardship due to limited income, the North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs has Hardship Grants to assist them in obtaining dental, hearing aids and eye glasses. Please see me for more details on this if you wish to apply.

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