Veterans Dental Care
To provide dental services.
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Office: VA Health Administration Center
Types of Assistance
Provision of Specialized Services.
Uses and Use Restrictions
38 U.S.C. 1712.
Must have enlisted in the armed forces before September 7, 1980. Veterans who enlisted in the armed forces after September 7, 1980 or entered on active duty after October 16, 1981, must have 24 continuous months of active duty service or completed the full period of time for which the individual was called or ordered to active duty.
Dental care may be provided for those veterans (1) who have a service-connected compensable dental disability or condition; (2) who have a service-connected, non-compensable dental condition or disability and were former prisoners of war; (3) who have a service-connected, non-compensable condition or disability resulting from combat wounds or service trauma; (4) who were held as a prisoner of war for a period of not less than 90 days; (5) who have a service- connected disability rated as total; (6) who have been found in need of training authorized under 38 U.S.C. Chapter 31; (7) who have a dental condition which is having a direct and material detrimental effect upon a service-connected condition; (8) who have service-connected, non- compensable disability and who apply for treatment of such condition within 90 days following discharge or release from active duty of not less than 180 days, or in the case of a veteran who served on active duty during the Persian Gulf War, 90 days (treatment under this latter authority is limited to one-time correction of the service-connected dental condition); and (9) those receiving outpatient or scheduled for inpatient care may receive dental care if the dental condition is clinically determined to be complicating a medical condition currently under treatment.
Copy of military discharge, and as applicable verification of: (a) establishment of service-connected disability; (b) service during World War I; (c) military retirement; (d) letter of authorization; or (e) receipt of increased pension or additional compensation or allowance based on the need of regular aid and attendance or by reason of being permanently housebound, or those who, but for the receipt of military retired pay, would be otherwise eligible, and as applicable, family income and expense information.
Application and Award Process
None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application may be made: (1) personally at a VA medical center, outpatient clinics or regional offices with outpatient clinics; (2) through any veteran's service organization representative; or (3) by mailing VA form 10-10EZ, Application for Health Benefits, to the nearest VA health care facility.
Application for dental treatment for service-connected non-compensable condition or disability shown to have been in existence at time of discharge or release from service must be made within 90 days after discharge from active duty.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
The same day if applicant applies in person; generally within 10 days if applicant applies by mail.
Formula and Matching Requirements
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Post Assistance Requirements
In fiscal year 2007, there were 3,180,876 dental procedures; The fiscal year 2007 and 2008 estimates are 3,475,395 and 3,620,884 respectively.
(Salaries and Expenses) FY 07 $418,671,000; FY 08 est $451,490,000; and FY 09 est $485,454,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
38 CFR 17.45a, 17.60(a) - (i), 17.60 (d) - (f) and 17.123(a) - (g). "Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents," VA Pamphlet 80-99-1, $5.00, available from Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402, or Fax (202) 512-2250. Mail requests to P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954.
Regional or Local Office
Any VA Medical Center. See Appendix IV of the Catalog for listing under Veterans Health Services and Research Administration.
VA Central Office: Headquarters Health Administration Service (10C3), Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC 20420. Telephone: (202) 273-8303 or 8302.
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