The 2000 Census estimated that veterans comprise 12.7 percent of the U.S. population. Many veterans and their families have health care needs that HRSA grantees may be able to address.

HRSA encourages all safety net providers to welcome veterans and their families into care.

Seamless Referral of Veterans to VA Facilities

Veterans may have needs best met at a Veterans Health Administration (VA) medical center. You should identify these veterans early and refer them appropriately, using the following to ensure eligibility for VA health care:

Contracting with the VA Medical Centers to Provide Services

To improve access to care, some Veterans Administration (VA) medical centers offer services at Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs).

Many Community Based Outpatient Clinics are staffed by VA providers, however, some offer services to veterans through a contractual relationship in which the staff and facilities of local non-profit organizations are available to provide services to a defined group of veterans..

HRSA encourages grantees to consider contracting with VA medical centers to provide high-quality, culturally sensitive care to veterans.

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