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A construction crew with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District works in front of the new VA Stockton Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Stockton, California, on August 7, 2023. District crews have nearly finished the exterior of both the clinic and an on-site central utilities plant, and are planning to turn both facilities over to the VA Northern California Health Care System in early 2024. The clinic will provide a wide array of services to Central Valley veterans including primary care, mental health care, and prosthetics.
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Veterans Health Care Services

When you were on active duty, you used TRICARE. You may have received care at military hospitals and clinics or from TRICARE-authorized civilian providers. Now that you're separated from active duty you may only be eligible for health care from Veteran's Affairs. 

  • While the DOD and VA do have some joint programs and facilities, the VA is a separate health care program. 
  • If you're retired from active duty, you may qualify for benefits from TRICARE and the VA together.

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Visit eBenefits, a secure environment where you can safely access your personal information and perform self-service tasks. 

Transitioning from TRICARE to the VA

The VA has benefit counselors and liaisons at the following military hospitals who can help you transition to the VA:

Veterans Affairs Links & Resources

Appealing your Service Medical Disability Rating or Eligibility for Medical Retirement

Your separation, retirement and military disability rating is a personnel decision rather than a medical decision. While Military Health System providers do the medical exams used by the services, the MHS does not make the decision on your eligibility. To find out more about changing a service’s discharge decision, visit these sites:

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Last Updated: February 13, 2024
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