Members of the military receive many special benefits from the government because of their selflessness and service to the country. One such benefit is medical insurance and care.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs manages the benefits and has control over the requirements you must meet to secure them. The most basic requirement, according to the VA, is that you must be a current or former member of the military who was not dishonorably discharged.

Duty requirements

You must also meet specific service requirements. You must have served a full period or 24-continuous months of active duty. You may get an exception if you had an injury or hardship discharge.

Priority groups

The VA must ensure the highest priority individuals receive healthcare. To do this, it will assign you to a priority group. If the VA does not have enough resources for all groups, you may not be able to get benefits until it receives more resources.

The first group, which receives benefits before anyone else, includes members who have a 50% or higher disability rating for a service-related issue. You may also fall into this group if you cannot work, due to a service-related injury or condition or if you received the Medal of Honor.

There are eight groups in total. Each group either has specific disability rating requirements or service requirements. They may require that you earned certain honors or have specific types of injuries. Higher priority groups are for those who have severe injuries, received high honors or have particular situations that make them higher need for medical care. The lower priority groups have income eligibility requirements. Group eight also has six subpriority groups, which also lower your priority if you fall into one of them.