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VA Announces Change to Medication Copays for Some Veterans

WASHINGTON - As previously announced on January 7, 2010, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) froze prescription copayment increases for six months.  Veterans who generally have higher income and no service-connected disabilities - referred to as Priority Groups 7 and 8 Veterans - will now pay an additional $1 for each 30-day supply of outpatient medications.  Taking effect July 1, the increase to $9 from $8 is the first change in VA’s medication copay since Jan. 1, 2006. 

“Because of the harsh economic reality facing many Veterans, we delayed the change,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki.  “We’re now ensuring the Veterans most in need of VA care are those least affected.  Yet, even with this increase, VA medication copays are lower than much of the private sector.”

This change does not impact Veterans in Priority Groups 2 through 6 who will continue to pay $8 for each 30-day supply of medications for their non-service connected conditions unless otherwise exempted.  These Veterans will also continue to have their out-of-pocket expenses for VA outpatient medications capped at $960 per calendar year. 

Veterans who have an injury or illness connected with their military service resulting in a disability rated 50 percent or greater – who are known as Priority Group 1 Veterans -- are exempt from the copay. 

VA generally sets its outpatient medication copay rate based upon a regulation that ties the rate to the Medical Consumer Price Index for prescription drugs.

Veterans who have difficulty paying copayments for outpatient medications should discuss the matter with their local VA enrollment coordinator.  Veterans may also contact VA at 1-877-222 VETS (8387) or visit VA’s health eligibility Web site at .



The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC)
 has provided the following website for veterans to gain access to their DD-214s 


         This may be particularly helpful when a veteran needs a copy of
         his DD-214 for employment purposes. NPRC is working to make it easier
         for veterans with computers and Internet access to obtain copies of documents

         from their military files.

          Military veterans and the next of kin of deceased former military
         members may now use a new online military personnel records system to
         request documents. 

          Other individuals with a need for documents must still complete
          the Standard Form 180, which can be downloaded from the online web
         site. Because the requester will be asked to supply all information
         essential for NPRC to process the request, delays
         that normally occur when NPRC has to ask veterans for additional
         information will be minimized. The new web-based application was
         designed to provide better service on these requests by eliminating the
         records centers mailroom and processing time. 

Thank you for visiting our web site. We encourage you to contact us if you would like more information or are interested in becoming a part of our organization.

You may reach us at:

Phone: (770) 684-2582

Mail: PO Box 229 Rockmart Ga. 30153
Adjutant: Dean Jarman (770) 382-8607

Membership Eligibility Requirements

April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918
(World War I)
December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946
(World War II)
June 25, 1950 to January 31, 1955
(Korean War)
February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975
(Vietnam War)
August 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984
December 20, 1989 to January 31, 1990
(Operation Just Cause - Panama)
*August 2, 1990 to today
(Operation Desert Shield/Storm)


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