Salem VA Medical Center | VA Salem health care | Veterans Affairs (2022)

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Address

1970 Roanoke Boulevard

Salem, VA 24153-6404

Phone numbers

Main phone: 540-982-2463

Mental health care: 540-982-2463 x2611

Clinical hours

  • Mon: 24/7
  • Tue: 24/7
  • Wed: 24/7
  • Thu: 24/7
  • Fri: 24/7
  • Sat: 24/7
  • Sun: 24/7

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Cost: Free

Wheelchair availability: Salem VA Medical Center campus has wheelchairs upon arrival for patients who need them to access the building.

Van services for Veterans

DAV vans

Hours:Individual van schedules vary

We work with Disabled American Veterans and county Veterans Affairs directors to provide transportation for Veterans and authorized caregivers to get to scheduled medical appointments.

Non-DAV van services

Many localities in the region provide other van services to Veterans.

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Beneficiary travel

Beneficiary travel benefits include round-trip transportation from your home to the medical center, mileage reimbursement, or special mode transport.

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Addiction and substance abuse care

We can help you overcome substance use problems from unhealthy alcohol use to life-threatening addiction. We match our services—like counseling, group therapy or medication—to your specific needs.

We help Veterans on their recovery journey through outpatient and inpatient services. Our residential facility helps Veterans deal with substance abuse, homelessness, mental health, and unemployment through its 24-hour therapeutic and educational programs like:

  • Rehabilitation
  • Health maintenance
  • Community support

Learn more about our VA treatment programs

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Blind and low vision rehabilitation

Common conditions: macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, corneal diseases, retinitis pigmentosa, uveitis, stroke and injury-related vision loss

We offer advanced vision care and blind rehabilitation services to help you live independently. These may include vision-enhancing devices and technology as well as visual skills and related training.

Our low vision outpatient clinic can assess your needs and provide a rehab plan tailored to your personal goals. Our team of specialists and social workers will work with you to find the right aids and services. Our clinic services include:

  • Comprehensive eye exams
  • Visual skills assessments
  • Guidance on how to develop visual motor and perceptual skills
  • Training to help you manage daily activities with your vision loss

COVID-19 vaccines

Common conditions: coronavirus, COVID-19

We provide COVID-19 vaccines to Veterans as well as their spouses and caregivers. We also provide vaccines to Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) recipients and VA staff.

Contact information

The Salem VAMC currently provides Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines

Appointments

Please contact the Salem VAMC to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. A third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is available for moderate to severe immunocompromised Veterans, their spouses and caregivers

Phone

540-982-2463 x Option 2

Referral required?No

Walk-ins accepted?Yes

  • COVID-19 vaccines for eligible Veterans and staff

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines at VA

Cardiology

Common conditions: heart disease, high blood pressure, heart rhythm disorders, angina, vascular diseases

Our cardiology specialists offer advanced treatment and care for conditions affecting your heart and blood vessels, including heart disease, stroke, heart rhythm disorders and high blood pressure.

We perform noninvasive and minimally invasive tests and procedures that check, support, and improve your heart health. We’ll work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan and treat you with the most effective medications. Our services include

  • Evaluating you for coronary heart disease, heart-valve disease, and heart defects
  • Determining how well blood flows through your heart vessels or find the cause of your heart failure
  • Treating your heart vessels with nonsurgical or minimally invasive operations that open and support them through balloon angioplasty or stent placement
  • Noninvasively monitoring you for changes in heart rhythm, using electrocardiograms (EKGs or ECGs), portable Holt monitors, or ultrasound
  • Performing surgical treatments like pacemaker implants or cardiac catheterization (inserting a long, thin tube into an artery or vein)

Caregiver support

If you arecaring for a Veteran with serious illness or disabilities, we can help you support them—and take care of yourself. You may qualify for services like training, counselingor respite care when you need a break.

If you’re a caregiverfor a Veteran, you can get support by contacting one of our caregiver support coordinators.If the Veteran you care for was injured post-9/11, you may be eligible for even more services, including a stipend to help with expenses, training, and medical coverage if you aren’t already covered. For all caregivers, we can:

  • Help you get caregiver assistance available through VA
  • Provide progressive needs planning to help you manage degenerative conditions
  • Match you with services and benefits
  • Connect you with local resources and programs
  • Listen to you when you struggle

Learn more and connect with a support coordinator

Endocrinology

Common conditions: diabetes, thyroid and parathyroid conditions, endocrine conditions

We provide caring, expert treatment for diabetes and disorders of the endocrine, hormonal, glandularand metabolic systems.

We diagnose and treat hormone imbalances and other endocrine system problems that can create or complicate serious medical conditions like diabetes, obesity, and thyroid or parathyroid disorders. Our endocrinologists can:

  • Measure the level of various hormones in your body
  • Measure your blood glucose level
  • Determine the cause and proper treatment of endocrine and metabolic disorders

Gastroenterology

Common conditions: reflux, GERD, Barrett's esophagus, endoscopy, colonoscopy

Our gastrointestinal (GI) specialists offer screening and treatment for conditions affecting your GI tract, gallbladder, liverand pancreas—like reflux, Crohn’s disease, hepatitis and pancreatitis.

We diagnose and treat medical conditions in your esophagus, stomach, intestines, colon, and other parts of your digestive system. We can also test and treat other organs, like your liver, pancreas, and gallbladder. Our gastroenterology department provides services like:

  • Colonoscopy, esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), which use an endoscope (a long, flexible tube with a small camera on the end) that lets us examine your digestive system
  • Endoscopic ultrasound, which uses high-frequency sound waves to create images that help us diagnose and evaluate digestive and lung diseases
  • Manometry study, which tests how well your esophagus is working
  • Small bowel capsule endoscopy, which uses a tiny wireless camera that takes pictures as it moves through your digestive system
  • 24-hour pH study, which measures how much stomach acid is flowing into your esophagus and helps us assess conditions like severe heartburn and acid reflux

Hematology/oncology

If you have a diagnosis of anemia, lymphoma, leukemiaor another blood cancer or disorder, we support you with expert care and treatment.

We offer a range of hematology and oncology services. You can arrange appointments and consultation through your primary care provider. Our hematology and oncology services include:

If you have a diagnosis of anemia, sickle cell, thalassemia or any inherited blood disorders; or if you have leukemia, lymphoma, or cancer of any type, we can support you with expert care and treatment.

  • Chemotherapy
  • Blood and platelet transfusions
  • Mediport flushes to clean and maintain the small medical appliance inserted under your skin, making it easier to inject drugs and draw blood
  • Evaluation and treatment of blood disorders and cancer
  • Dedicated outpatient infusion center, working closely with radiation oncology, interventional radiology, general surgery, diagnostics, palliative care, and social services
  • Bone marrow biopsies, to see whether your bone tissue is healthy and making a normal number of blood cells

Homeless Veteran care

If you’re homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, we can help. We offer many programs and services, including free health care. And we can help you connect with resources in your community.

We help Veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless due to financial hardship, unemployment, addiction, depression, or transition from jail. Contact one of our care coordinators to get help with:

  • Immediate food and shelter needs, including both transitional and permanent housing
  • Job training, life skills development, and education
  • Justice system navigation and community reentry from jail
  • Financial support to prevent homelessness
  • Addiction and depression treatment
  • Health and dental care

Learn more and connect with a care coordinator

Infectious disease

We evaluate and treat Veterans with infections including hepatitis, HIV/AIDSand tuberculosis.

We test for, evaluate, and treat many infectious diseases. We offer:

  • Testing and screening for hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and other infectious diseases
  • Prevention strategies and treatment
  • Compassionate care and counseling for people who are living with infectious diseases
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LGBTQ+ Veteran care

If you're a Veteran who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning,or a related identity,we’re committed to serving your needs.The LGBTQ+ Veteran care coordinator at your VA health care facility can help you get the care you need in a safe, sensitive environment.

We promote the health, welfare, and dignity of Veterans who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning (LGBTQ+) or a related identity. We focus on ensuring a safe, welcoming, and affirmative environment when providing you with sensitive and high-quality health care services like:

  • Hormone therapy
  • Substance use and alcohol treatment
  • Testing and treatment for HIV and STIs (sexually transmitted infections)
  • Mental health care
  • Psychosocial assessments for gender-confirming surgeries and hormone therapy

Learn more and connect with a care coordinator

Mental health care

Common conditions: addiction, depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, OCD

If you’re struggling with issues like PTSD, depression, grief, anger or trauma, we offer counseling and other support. All VA health care facilities offer same-day help. You may qualify even without enrolling in VA health care.

Our medical center and clinics provide consultation, evaluation, and treatment for a range of issues that may impact your mental health or emotional well-being. Our confidential outpatient services include individual and group therapy for:

  • Military Sexual Trauma
  • Psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression
  • Marriage and relationship problems
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Anxiety, addictive behaviors, and personality disorders
  • Aggressive or self-harming behaviors

Learn more and connect with a care coordinator

Minority Veteran care

We offer resources and support for minority Veterans to help address your specific needs with benefits and services at VA.

If you’re a minority Veteran, we can help you get the services and benefits you need. Our Minority Veterans Program serves all Veterans who are Black American, Asian American, Hispanic American, and Native American (including American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Island Americans). We work to:

  • Help the medical center address minority Veterans’ needs
  • Meet minority Veterans’ needs in the local community
  • Identify barriers and create a more accessible environment for minority Veterans
  • Inform minority Veterans of VA benefits, services, and programs

Learn more and connect with a care coordinator

Nephrology

Common conditions: Dialysis, kidney disease, high blood pressure, hypertension

Our specialists offer you advanced care for kidney-related diseaseslike chronic kidney disease, high blood pressure and fluid and electrolyte problems. We also provide dialysis and related support.

Our team of kidney doctors (nephrologists) actively manage all aspects of adult kidney disease, kidney and bladder stones, renal hypertension (high blood pressure caused by kidney disease), and mineral and bone disorders. We provide inpatient and outpatient services, like:

  • Dialysis evaluation and referral
  • Home patient monitoring
  • Kidney transplant evaluation
  • Kidney disease education

Neurology

Common conditions: cognitive disorders, epilepsy, headache motor neuron and movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, stroke

Our specialists evaluate and treat conditions and diseases of the brain, spine, and nervous system, including headache, stroke, Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy, Parkinson’s diseaseand other conditions.

We provide inpatient and outpatient services for chronic diseases and disorders that affect your brain, spine, and the nerves that connect them. Our neurologists read electroencephalogram (EEG) recordings, which measure the electrical impulses brain cells use to communicate with each other. We evaluate and treat many neurological illnesses and disorders such as:

  • Neuropathy (nerve damage), myelopathy and other spinal cord injuries, and radiculopathy (pinched nerves)
  • Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis
  • Stroke, dementia, and degenerative diseases
  • Other neurological conditions

Ophthalmology

Common conditions: cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease

Our ophthalmology specialists diagnose and provide medical and surgical care for conditions that affect your eyes—like cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.

We offer comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment for eye-related illnesses, injuries, and other issues. Our ophthalmology services include:

  • Medical care for glaucoma, eye infections, and other conditions
  • Surgery for cataracts, traumatic eye injuries, and other problems
  • Treatment for eye conditions related to illnesses like diabetes or arthritis
  • Plastic surgery to repair droopy eyelids, clear blocked tear ducts, and perform eyelid and facial reconstruction (oculoplastics)

Optometry

Common conditions: vision exams, prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses

Our optometrists offer you routine eye exams, preventive vision testingand treatment for conditions like glaucoma. We also provide prescriptions for eyeglasses and other assistive devices.

An optical shop is available in Bldg. 143, Room C1-56 from 8 am to 5 pm M-F.

Our optometrists provide many eye-related services and treatments like:

  • Vision services and eye exams
  • Treatment for diseases and injuries of the retina, cornea, and other parts of your eye
  • Low-vision services for conditions like macular degeneration that can’t be corrected by glasses, surgery, or medication
  • Special eye exams for diabetic patients

Otolaryngology

Common conditions: balance issues, sinusitis, difficulty swallowing, obstructive sleep apnea, head and neck tumors

We provide a full range of care for Veterans who have problems that affect their ears, sinuses, adenoids, tonsilsand thyroid.

We evaluate, diagnose, and treat a wide range of ear, nose, and throat conditions, like:

  • Nasal and sinus problems
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Throat, lymph node, thyroid, and parathyroid tumors and other conditions
  • Voice and swallowing disorders

Palliative and hospice care

Palliative care focuses on comfort, quality of lifeand reducing suffering. Hospice care is a type of palliative care offered to patients with life-threatening illness under certain conditions.

Our palliative and hospice care services support you and your family as you cope with a life-threatening or terminal illness. Palliative care works to provide comfort, reduce suffering, and improve the quality of life for patients being treated for serious illnesses. Hospice care focuses on helping patients with terminal illnesses to manage the final stages of their lives. Our palliative and hospice care services include:

  • Pain and symptom management
  • Emotional, spiritual, and psychosocial support for you and your family
  • Help with practical issues that include an advance directive (living will), health care power of attorney, funeral arrangements, and applying for VA death and burial benefits
  • Education to help you and your family make informed health care decisions and know what to expect as your health declines
  • Bereavement care to help surviving family members during the grieving process

Patient advocates

VA wants to make sure that you get the best possible care. If you need help finding care or getting problems resolved, please contact a patient advocate.

Contact information

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  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7
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Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Phone

540-982-2463

Referral required?No

Walk-ins accepted?Yes

Our patient advocates work hard to make sure you receive the best possible care at our health care facilities. They can:

  • Help you get answers or address concerns with your care team
  • Advocate for patient and family rights
  • Serve as advocates for minority Veterans, women Veterans, and Veterans with disabilities
  • Offer specialized help to former prisoners of war and Veterans transitioning from Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and Operation New Dawn (OND)


Learn more and connect with a patient advocate

Pharmacy

Our specialists provide a full range of services to help you get and understand your prescription medicines and supplies. You can refill VA prescriptions online, by phone or by mail.

Our pharmacy provides you and other Veterans with convenient, efficient service to make it easy to get your medications and medical supplies. You can:

  • Pick up new prescriptions in person
  • Refill prescriptions online and by phone or mail
  • Safely dispose of medicines

Learn more about our pharmacy

Podiatry

Common conditions: arthritis, bunions, diabetic foot care, foot deformities, skin and nail conditions

Our podiatry specialists evaluate and treat a wide range of injuries, diseasesand disorders that affect your feet and ankles—from ingrown toenails to inflammation to diabetic foot ulcers.

After years of walking, running, marching, jumping, rappelling, and parachuting, many Veterans experience trouble with their feet and ankles. We can help treat those problems so you can continue to enjoy an active lifestyle. Our podiatry services include:

  • Foot and ankle care
  • Arthritis care for inflamed, swollen, or damaged joints
  • Foot and ankle fracture treatment; repair of cartilage, torn tendons and ligaments
  • Injections to reduce pain and swelling
  • Joint arthroplasty (surgical repair or reconstruction) and replacement
  • Minimally invasive surgery and post-surgical rehabilitation
  • Foot health maintenance procedures (bunion removal, resurfacing, and nail trimming)

Primary care

Your VA primary care provider will work closely with you to plan for all the care you need to stay healthy and well throughout your life, including immunizations and vaccinations. They will also work withfamily members or caregivers who support you.

A strong network of family and internal medicine specialists and services can offer you the best possible care. Internal medicine doctors (internists) prevent, diagnose, and treat adult diseases. Doctors who specialize in family medicine provide primary health care to the entire family. Your primary care team can coordinate the many services you receive such as:

  • Labs and blood work
  • Mental health care
  • Women's health care
  • Radiology
  • Social services
  • Telehealth

Pulmonary medicine

Common conditions: tuberculosis, respiratory conditions, sleep apnea, sleep problems

Our pulmonary medicine team treats diseases and conditions that affect the lungs and breathing, including asthma, tuberculosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, acute respiratory distress syndromeand sleep apnea.

If you find it difficult to breathe or sleep, our pulmonary (lung) specialists can help. We offer education, exercises, and treatments like:

  • Oxygen therapy to help you stay active and breathe better
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation to build your strength and increase lung capacity
  • Healthy diets to help you manage your weight and improve energy
  • Strategies to help you increase your feelings of control, optimism, and self-esteem
  • Tests to measure your lung function, lung volume, and blood gas

Radiology

We use imaging to help screen for, diagnose, and treat illness and injury. We provide X-rays and other imaging technologies.

We offer radiology and imaging services to diagnose and treat many medical conditions. Salem VAMC does not provide mammography - all mammography is referred to the community. Our services include:

  • X-ray
  • Ultrasound
  • Computer tomography (CT)
  • Positron emission tomography (PET)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Image guided procedures and biopsies
  • Interventional Radiology Services
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Cardiac CT

Rehabilitation and extended care

We provide medical care and rehabilitation services to Veterans in our Community Living Center and in their homes. Services include home-based primary care, medical foster home support, and hospice and palliative care.

We provide long-term care to help you and your family when you’re dealing with a disability, chronic (long-lasting) illness, terminal illness, or serious health issues related to aging. Our long-term health care services include:

  • 24/7 nursing and medical care
  • Physical therapy
  • Help with daily tasks like bathing, dressing, making meals, and taking medicine
  • Pain management and palliative care to relieve suffering and improve quality of life for people with serious illnesses
  • Hospice care to provide comfort and compassionate care for people in the last phases of an incurable illness
  • To learn more about the different types of extended care that VA provides, see our guide to long-term services and support.

Learn more about VA long term care

Returning service member care

If you’re returning from military service, we can help you readjust to civilian life and get started with VA health care. We can also help connect you withprograms like mental health services and education and career counseling.

At VA Salem health care, we can help you readjust to civilian life if you’re returning from military service, on active duty, or an activated National Guard or Reserve member. Talk to one of our care coordinators about how to best use your health care benefits.

  • Polytrauma care (if you have multiple traumatic injuries)
  • Counseling and rehabilitation
  • Mental and behavioral health services
  • Family benefits counseling and assistance
  • Referral assistance

Learn more and connect with a coordinator

Rheumatology

Common conditions: arthritis, Crohn's disease, gout, lupus

Our team cares for and treats Veterans with joint and autoimmune conditions.

Our doctors treat inflammation, stiffness, or pain in your muscles, joints, and tendons. Common rheumatic illnesses include:

  • Juvenile idiopathic and infectious arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Lupus,gout,and scleroderma

Sleep medicine

Common conditions: insomnia, narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome, sleep apnea, sleepwalking

The sleep medicine service diagnoses and treats your sleep problems, including trouble sleeping, breathing difficulties while sleeping, snoring, teeth grindingand jaw clenching.

At various points in our lives, all of us suffer from a lack of sleep. But, if you are spending enough time in bed and still wake up tired or feel very sleepy during the day, you may have a sleep disorder. We can help. Our sleep specialists can:

  • Diagnose and treat sleep apnea and other sleep disorders
  • Monitor your blood oxygen levels and heart rate
  • Study your brain waves during sleep
  • Evaluate possible causes for your excessive sleepiness
  • Conduct sleep tests performed at home or in the lab
  • Work with your doctors if you need surgery or dental appliances to help you get a good night’s sleep

Social workers are here to help Veterans, familiesand caregiverswith almost any need, from help with finances or housing to questions about treatment to just feeling overwhelmed. We are here for you.

Social work is integral to health care. We can help you and your family manage stress-related problems due to injury or illness, and find VA community resources to meet your needs like:

  • Home health services
  • Legal services
  • Transportation
  • Community living
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Spinal cord injuries and disorders

If you have a spinal cord injury or disorder, our specialists provide coordinated care throughout your life. We work to help you achieve your goals for independence, productivityand quality of life.

VA has the nation’s largest system of care for spinal cord injuries and disorders. We provide a convenient, connected network of experts to care for you during each phase of your life. Our experienced primary care providers are trained to check for problems unique to spinal cord injuries.

  • Pressure ulcers
  • Pneumonia
  • Blood clots
  • Bladder and sexual issues
  • Constipation and other gastrointestinal problems
  • Sexual issues

Learn more about the VA spinal cord injuries and disorders care system

Suicide prevention

Call our Veterans Crisis Line at 988 (select 1) for free, private help anytime 24/7. Our local suicide prevention coordinators can also connect you with ongoing counseling and services.

Contact information

  • Mon. 24/7
  • Tue. 24/7
  • Wed. 24/7
  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Phone

540-982-2463

Referral required?No

Walk-ins accepted?Yes

We work with behavioral health providers and community organizations to help you and your family during times of crisis. We offer:

  • Suicide prevention care coordinators
  • Suicide prevention case managers
  • Gun safety locks

Learn more and connect with a care coordinator

Surgery

If you are having surgery, wemake sure that your procedure and follow-up care are safe and high-quality.

We provide a wide range of surgical services, like:

  • General surgery
  • Anesthesia
  • Orthopedic surgery (bones, muscles, ligaments, joints, and tendons)

Travel reimbursement

If you have to travel far for care, we may be able to reimburse (repay) you for travel expenses. We can also help arrange transportation for getting to and from your VA appointment.

If you’re traveling for VA-approved care, we can repay you for the cost of using regular transportation that includes cars, planes, trains, buses, taxis, ride share, or light rail. You may also be eligible for repayment when using ambulances, wheelchair vans, or ambulettes (non-emergency medical transportation).

  • Round-trip transportation services between your home and our hospital and clinics (beneficiary travel)
  • Mileage reimbursement debit cards

Learn more about VA travel pay reimbursement

Urgent care

Common conditions: sore throat, pink eye, flu, sprains and strains

We provide immediate, walk-in care for minorinjuries and non-emergency illnessesthat are not life-threatening but need early attention.

Our urgent care clinic offers walk-in health care when you need help right away, but don’t have an emergency. Urgent care doesn’t replace your primary care doctor, but it can help when your doctor’s office is closed and you need to see a health care professional immediately. We treat medical conditions like:

  • Colds, flu, and strep throat
  • Sinus, ear, and eye infections
  • Minor injuries and muscle strains
  • Rashes and skin infections

Learn more about VA urgent care

Urology

Common conditions: prostate cancer, erectile dysfunction, urinary disorders

We offer understanding and advanced care and treatment to Veterans with conditions that affect the male urinary and reproductive systems and the female urinary system.

We evaluate, diagnose, and treat a wide range of urology diseases and conditions that include kidney stones, erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence, prostate cancer, and more. We provide you with medical care, surgery, and minimally invasive procedures for health issues that affect:

  • Kidneys
  • Bladder
  • Ureter and urethra
  • Male reproductive organs

Vocational rehabilitation and employment programs

Wecan help you reach your job and career goals with one-on-one support, counseling,and training.

We help Veterans with physical and mental health challenges find and keep jobs. We help you find jobs through our long-term partnerships with business, industry, and government agencies. We offer 3 services:

  • Transitional Work Program matches Veteran’s skills with a specific job and provides supervision to help them gain work experience
  • Supported Employment provides long-term support for Veterans with serious mental illnesses or physical disabilities to help them compete for jobs in their communities
  • Vocational Assistance trains Veterans living at our residential facility to improve their job-search and career development skills

Learn more about VA vocational rehabilitation

Whole health

Whole health puts you at the center of care, rather than your illnesses or conditions. We work with you to develop a personalized health plan based on your values, needs,and goals.

Our whole health approach empowers and equips you to take charge of your health, well-being, and quality of life. Whole health goes beyond your illnesses, injuries, or disabilities, and focuses instead on your values, goals, and overall health. It includes self-care and complementary therapies along with conventional medical care. Our whole health program includes:

  • Acupuncture to help you manage pain without drugs
  • Meditation and mindfulness training
  • Yoga, tai chi, and qi gong classes
  • Massage and manual therapy

Learn more about VA whole health

Women Veteran care

Common conditions: women's primary care, mental health, obstetrics and gynecology, pap smear, mammogram

We offer women’s health services to meet your specific needssuch asdisease screenings, mental health treatment, recovery from military sexual trauma, maternity careand female-specific medical equipment.

Our women's health program offers complete health care for women Veterans of all ages. Our primary care providers specialize in women’s health. They work closely with specialists in gynecology, female urology, oncology, medicine, radiology, surgery, and breast illness. Our services for women Veterans include:

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  • Ultrasounds, mammograms, Pap and HPV tests
  • Mental health care and counseling
  • Lifestyle wellness services
  • Menopause treatment, including hormonal therapy
  • Family planning, contraceptive care, and infertility evaluation
  • Referrals for obstetric and peri-natal care

Learn more and connect with a care coordinator

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How do I contact my VA pact? ›

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  2. Call us. 800-698-2411.
  3. Visit a medical center or regional office. Find a VA location.
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How do I check my VA health benefits? ›

We're here anytime, day or night – 24/7
  1. Call 988 and select 1.
  2. Text 838255.
  3. Call TTY if you have hearing loss800-799-4889.

What is Salem Va known for? ›

Salem is known as Virginia's Championship City, famous for hosting some first-class sporting events, mostly held in the Salem Civic Center. The city's lively downtown has some beautiful historic buildings such as 1845 William-Brown House that now hosts Salem Museum.

How do I change my VA medical location? ›

Call our customer call center at 800-733-8387. We're here Monday through Friday, 8:05 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET. Please have your last address available. Our customer service representatives will need to verify this before updating your file.

Do Veterans get free healthcare for life? ›

If you are a 50% or greater disabled veteran or a former POW, all your medical care from the VA is free. There are other groups that may get some, or all VA medical care for free, see our VA Copay page for details.

What is pact in VA healthcare? ›

What is PACT? A Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) involves each Veteran working together with health care professionals to plan for the whole-person care and life-long health and wellness.

Can you lose VA medical benefits? ›

If you're in one of the lower priority groups, you could lose your VA health care benefits in the future. If you don't keep your private insurance, this would leave you without health coverage.

How Much Does VA health care cost per month? ›

The charge ranges from $5 to $11 for each 30 day or less supply of medications provided on an outpatient basis for nonservice-connected conditions. Outpatient – The copayments will be based on primary care visits ($15) and specialty care visits ($50).

Can you make too much money to qualify for VA benefits? ›

If your health care eligibility is based on financial need, your family net worth (over $80,000) can prevent you from qualifying for VA health care. For more information, click here.

Is Salem Virginia a nice place to live? ›

It's a safe place to live, and less than an hour's drive to 2 major lakes, Claytor Lake and Smith Mountain Lake. The education system is also a focus and we have a high-rated school system. Salem is a very nice place. The area around here is very clean and safe.

What is the crime rate in Salem Virginia? ›

The Salem VA crime rate for 2018 was 92.51 per 100,000 population, a 31.69% increase from 2017. The Salem VA crime rate for 2017 was 70.25 per 100,000 population, a 25.66% decline from 2016. The Salem VA crime rate for 2016 was 94.5 per 100,000 population, a 50.93% increase from 2015.

Were there any witch trials in Virginia? ›

The last Virginia witchcraft trial took place in 1802 in Brooke County, which is now in West Virginia. In that case, a couple claimed that a woman was a witch, an accusation ruled slanderous.

Can veterans go to any doctor now? ›

Under this new expanded program, veterans are eligible to get limited urgent care from civilian doctors regardless of how close they are to a VA facility.

What does 80 VA disability get you? ›

Veterans that obtain an 80 percent VA Disability rating receive $1,778.43 a month from the Veterans Administration. Eligible disabled veterans may also be able to receive extra monthly compensation for dependent children and parents.

Do 100% disabled veterans have to pay Medicare premiums? ›

Do disabled veterans need Medicare? Disabled veterans under 65 eligible for Medicare due to collecting SSDI for at least two years should enroll in Medicare. Regardless of disability status, everyone qualifying for Medicare should enroll in at least Medicare Part A if they can get it premium-free.

Do I need Medicare if I have VA health care? ›

If you have VA benefits, you do not have to enroll in Medicare in order to keep your VA benefits. That being said, the Veterans Administration actually recommends veterans enroll in Medicare when they become eligible.

What Veterans are not eligible for VA health care? ›

If you're a current or former member of the Reserves or National Guard, you must have been called to active duty by a federal order and completed the full period for which you were called or ordered to active duty. If you had or have active-duty status for training purposes only, you don't qualify for VA health care.

What are the 4 types of Veterans? ›

What is the difference between a combat, war, or peacetime veteran?
  • Combat Veteran. Every service member who meets the active duty requirement is a veteran, but combat veterans and war veterans are entitled to additional VA benefits other veterans do not receive. ...
  • War Veteran. ...
  • Peacetime Veteran.
5 Jul 2022

What are the 23 presumptive conditions in the PACT Act? ›

The PACT Act will add the following to the list of presumptive conditions: head cancer of any type, neck cancer of any type, respiratory cancer of any type, gastrointestinal cancer of any type, reproductive cancer of any type, lymphoma cancer of any type, lymphomatic cancer of any type, kidney cancer, brain cancer, ...

What is in the PACT Act of 2022? ›

The PACT Act is a historic new law that expands VA health care and benefits for Veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxic substances. This new law empowers VA to provide generations of Veterans – and their survivors – with the care and benefits they have earned.

What is the VA presumptive list? ›

The VA Presumptive List basically states that if veterans who served in X location/circumstances during certain years developed Y or Z conditions, then those conditions will be automatically considered service-connected.

What is the VA 10 year rule? ›

The VA disability 10-year rule states that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) cannot eliminate a disability rating that has been in place for at least 10 years unless there is evidence of fraud. This 10-year period is calculated from the effective date of VA's original grant for service connection.

What is the VA 55 year rule? ›

What is the VA 55-year-old rule? Veterans who receive VA disability benefits for service-connected conditions are exempt from periodic future examinations once they turn 55 years old. This includes veterans who will be 55 by the date of a future examination, according to the VA Adjudication Procedures Manual.

At what age does VA disability stop? ›

When veterans reach age 67, all VA disability payments would revert to the amount associated with the rated disability level; veterans age 67 or older who are already receiving IU payments would no longer receive them after the effective date of the option.

Are VA benefits better than Medicare? ›

The prescription drug benefits from the VA are considered to be as good as or better than Medicare Part D, which the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services calls “creditable coverage,” so you won't have to pay a penalty if you decide to sign up for Part D later.

How good is VA health insurance? ›

Examining a wide array of commonly used measures of health care quality

health care quality
Definition. Health care quality is the degree to which health care services for individuals and populations increase the likelihood of desired health outcomes.
https://en.wikipedia.org › wiki › Health_care_quality
, researchers found that VA hospitals generally provided better quality care than non-VA hospitals and the VA's outpatient services were better quality when compared to commercial HMOs, Medicaid HMOs and Medicare HMOs.

Does VA Healthcare count as health insurance? ›

VA health care is NOT considered a health insurance plan.

Does the VA check your income? ›

We're required by law to collect this information. We use your income information to help determine: If you're eligible for VA health care based on your income, and. Whether you'll need to pay copays for certain types of care or medications.

What is the financial cut off for VA benefits? ›

VA Income Limits 2020

In 2020, the VA National Income Thresholds were as follows: $34,171 or less if you have no dependents. $41,005 or less if you have one dependent. $43,356 or less if you have two dependents.

What is the VA income limit? ›

2022 VA National and Priority Group 8 Relaxation Income Thresholds
Veteran With:VA National Income ThresholdVA Aid and Attendance Threshold
0 dependents$36,659$25,610
1 dependent$43,990$29,175
2 dependents$46,513$31,698
3 dependents$49,036$34,221
3 more rows

How big is Salem Virginia? ›

What's it like to live in Roanoke VA? ›

Roanoke is a lively city with beautiful views, amazing food, affordable living, and outdoor activities galore. That's why Roanoke has been named the “Best Place to Raise an Outdoor Family” by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine. There are also plenty of options for schools if that's one of your concerns.

What is the safest town in Virginia? ›

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  • Abingdon (Washington County) Abingdon, VA, USA.
30 May 2022

Why is it called witchduck road? ›

The street leading to her ducking spot now carries her legend as Witchduck Road. “It's named after Grace Sherwood's ducking,” said local historian Deni Norred, who co- wrote “Ghosts, Witches and Weird Tales of Virginia Beach.” “She was the first person tried by water in Virginia for witchcraft.”

Where were the Salem witch trials actually held? ›

The Salem Witch Trials took place in a settlement within the Massachusetts Bay Colony named Salem which, at the time of the trials in 1692, consisted of two sections: Salem town, which is now modern-day Salem, and Salem Village, which is now modern-day Danvers.

When was the last witch trial? ›

In 1878, the last charge of witchcraft in this country was brought to trial in Salem. Lucretia Brown and her sister never married and lived with their mother in this house.

Can veterans use local hospitals? ›

VA provides health care for Veterans from providers in your local community outside of VA. Veterans may be eligible to receive care from a community provider when VA cannot provide the care needed. This care is provided on behalf of and paid for by VA.

Can a veteran go to a local hospital? ›

VA might be able to do for you. When it is not possible for you to go to a VA Medical Center, you should go to the nearest hospital that has an emergency room. If you are in an ambulance, the paramedics will usually take you to the closest emergency room.

Does the VA pay for colonoscopy? ›

What services does VA provide for colon cancer screening? VA offers a variety of tests to screen for colon cancer, including Fecal Immunochemical Tests (FIT) and colonoscopies.

Do spouses of 100% disabled veterans get benefits? ›

Financial Benefits

Veterans with a 100 percent service-connected disability rating are eligible for specific payment increases for their spouses and children. These additional payments are automatically awarded, so the spouse does not have to apply for them.

How far back does VA disability back pay go? ›

This is within the 1-year mark, so his date of eligibility for VA Disability Back Pay is his date of separation. It takes another 9 months before the VA's Rating Decision is reached. Ben will receive VA Disability Back Pay for the entire 18 months between his date of separation and the VA's rating decision.

How many veterans have a 100% disability rating? ›

Number of veterans who had a 100 percent disability rating: 1,180.

Do veterans get free healthcare for life? ›

If you are a 50% or greater disabled veteran or a former POW, all your medical care from the VA is free. There are other groups that may get some, or all VA medical care for free, see our VA Copay page for details.

Can the VA take away 100 permanent and total disability? ›

Yes, the VA can take away a 100 permanent and total disability rating!

Will veterans get a raise in 2023? ›

The 2023 cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will likely be anywhere from 9.3 percent to 11.4 percent, according to recent projections. This may lead to a significant increase in 2023 VA disability rates and monthly compensation for veterans.

What is in the PACT Act of 2022? ›

The PACT Act is a historic new law that expands VA health care and benefits for Veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxic substances. This new law empowers VA to provide generations of Veterans – and their survivors – with the care and benefits they have earned.

What presumptive conditions are in the PACT Act? ›

The conditions that were added to the presumptive list through the PACT Act include respiratory problems such as COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung disease, and bronchitis, and a range of cancers — brain cancers, kidney cancers, and reproductive cancers.

What does pact stand for? ›

Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT)

How many primary pillars of PACT are there? ›

The three pillars of the PACT model are access, care management and coordination, and practice redesign.

Will VA disability rates increase in 2023? ›

The 2023 cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will likely be anywhere from 9.3 percent to 11.4 percent, according to recent projections. This may lead to a significant increase in 2023 VA disability rates and monthly compensation for veterans.

How does the PACT Act affect veterans? ›

The PACT Act is a new law that expands VA health care and benefits for Veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxic substances. This law helps us provide generations of Veterans — and their survivors — with the care and benefits they've earned and deserve.

What are the new benefits for veterans? ›

Many VA Benefits Will Be Expanding in 2021 Thanks to a New Law
  • Expansion of Medal of Honor Pension. ...
  • Life Insurance. ...
  • Home Loans for National Guard Members. ...
  • Memorial Benefits. ...
  • Native Americans and VA Copay. ...
  • Stay on Top of Your Veteran Benefits.
17 Dec 2020

Is High Blood Pressure a presumptive condition? ›

Hypertension is eligible for presumptive service connection based on exposure to Agent Orange.

What is the VA rating for chronic sinusitis? ›

A 10 percent disability rating is awarded for sinusitis manifested by one or two incapacitating episodes per year of sinusitis requiring prolonged (lasting four to six weeks) antibiotic treatment, or by three to six non-incapacitating episodes per year of sinusitis characterized by headaches, pain, and purulent ...

What are burn pits Veterans? ›

A burn pit is an area devoted to open-air combustion of trash. The use of burn pits was a common waste disposal practice at military sites outside the United States, such as in Iraq and Afghanistan.

What is Patient Aligned Care team at VA? ›

PACT is a team-based model of care in which a team of health professionals, led by a provider, works collaboratively with the patient to provide for all of the patient's healthcare needs—or appropriately coordinates care with other qualified professionals.

How do I apply for the PACT Act? ›

Veterans and survivors can contact VA about eligibility rules and filing procedures through the department's PACT Act website or by calling 1-800-MY-VA-411 (1-800-698-2411). Leo covers Congress, Veterans Affairs and the White House for Military Times.

What is pact testing? ›

Pact is a code-first tool for testing HTTP and message integrations using contract tests . Contract tests assert that inter-application messages conform to a shared understanding that is documented in a contract.

What does a pact LPN do? ›

Liaised between patients and providers to ensure comprehension of treatment plans. Effectively counseled patient and caretakers in health maintenance and disease management. Performed EKGs, ear lavages, injections and dressing changes per policy and within LPN Scope of Practice.

What is patient care concept? ›

Care is collaborative, coordinated, and accessible. The right care is provided at the right time and the right place. Care focuses on physical comfort as well as emotional well-being. Patient and family preferences, values, cultural traditions, and socioeconomic conditions are respected.

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