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Posted on: August 11, 2022

[ARCHIVED] How to Access Urgent and Emergency Care for Veterans

Calling all US Military Veterans! You can access urgent care right here in Bellingham/Whatcom County without going to a VA clinic. 

If you are registered with the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), here is how you can access urgent and emergency care in the community: 

Urgent Care in the Community: If you have seen your primary care provider within the last 24 months, you are eligible for the VA’s urgent care benefit. You can visit an in-network urgent care clinic to treat minor injuries and illnesses that are not life-threatening. To verify your eligibility for VA urgent care, call 844-MyVA311 (844-698-2311) and select option one, then option three. To find in-network urgent care providers and pharmacies, visit

For more information, visit the VA's Urgent Care webpage.

Emergency Care in the Community: During a medical emergency, seek care immediately at the nearest hospital, whether it is a VA medical center or not. Veterans do not need to check with VA before calling an ambulance or going to a community hospital emergency department. However, for VA to coordinate and potentially pay for emergency care, you must let VA know within 72 hours of your hospital visit, at 844-72HRVHA (844-724-7842).

For more information visit the VA's Emergency Medical Care webpage.

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