Veterans Services

Eastern Shore Rural Health System, Inc. is participating in a program to provide veterans access to health care closer to home.

Veterans Choice Program

Eligible veterans can use Rural Health for health care needs for a period of up to three years.  (Dental care is not available through this program.) Eligible veterans will receive a Choice Card in the mail from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Not all veterans receiving the Choice Card will be eligible for the Choice Program, the eligibility criteria below must be met. Veterans must call the VA at 866-606-8198 to receive approval to use the Choice Card and participate in the Choice Program.


A veteran must have been enrolled in VA health care on or before Aug. 1, 2014, or be eligible to enroll as a recently discharged combat veteran within 5 years of separation. Additionally a veteran also must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • The local VA medical facility says the veteran will need to wait more than 30 days from the veteran’s preferred appointment date or date medically determined by the physician to be seen.
  • The veteran’s current residence is more than 40 miles from the closest VA health care facility. Go to to find the VA health care facility closest to home.
  • The veteran resides in a location other than Guam, American Samoa or the Republic of the Philippines and needs to travel by boat or plane to the VA medical facility closest to home.
  • The veteran faces a geographic challenge, such as extensive distances around water or other geologic formations, such as mountains, that presents a significant travel hardship.

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