Veterans in Pierce County are served within Veterans Integrated Service Network 20 — the Northwest Network, with the nearest major medical center in Tacoma, less than 15 minutes from Joint Base Lewis-McChord. VISN 20 serves the states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and one county each in California and Montana. VISN 20’s network of health care facilities is comprised of eight parent facilities that include two tertiary care hospitals and three other acute care inpatient facilities, 51 additional outpatient clinics and three mobile medical units. Other services include community living centers, domiciliaries and 17 readjustment counseling centers. The closest community outpatient clinic is in Federal Way, Washington.
VA Puget Sound Health Care System
American Lake Division
9600 Veterans Drive
Tacoma, WA 98493 253-582-8440
Since 1923, the VA Puget Sound Health Care System has distinguished itself as a leader in teaching, research and patient care while earning prestigious recognition as part of the largest health care network in the country. The system serves the health care needs of more than 80,000 veterans living in the Pacific Northwest. Two divisions (one in Tacoma and one in Seattle) provide a broad spectrum of inpatient and outpatient health care services, ranging from primary care to specialty and rehabilitative care.
The following is a list of community-based outpatient clinics and vet centers near Joint Base Lewis-McChord. For a full list of clinics and other facilities, go to www.pugetsound.va.gov.
925 Adele Ave.
Bremerton, WA 98312 360-473-0340
Federal Way CBOC
34617 11th Place S, Suite 301
Federal Way, WA 98003 253-336-4142
Federal Way Vet Center
32020 32nd Ave. S, Suite 110
Federal Way, WA 98001 253-838-3090
Tacoma Vet Center
4916 Center St., Suite E
Tacoma, WA 98409 253-565-7038
Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs
1102 Quince St. SE
Olympia, WA 98504 800-562-2308
VA Suicide Hotline 800-273-8255
The Department of Veterans Affairs improves the quality of life for Washington’s veterans, military and their families by increasing awareness and access to appropriate federal, state and local resources. Veterans within the state can receive health care from a variety of facilities including five medical centers, 10 community clinics and four veterans’ homes. Combat veterans who were discharged or released from active service on or after Jan. 28, 2003, are eligible to enroll for enhanced care in the VA health care system for five years from their date of discharge or release. The enrollment period begins on the discharge or separation date of the service member from active-duty service, or in the case of multiple call-ups, the most recent discharge date. Veterans, including activated reservists and National Guard members, are eligible if they served on active duty in combat after Nov. 11, 1998, and have been discharged under other than dishonorable conditions. Go to www.va.gov/healthbenefits/apply/returning_servicemembers.asp.
There are several VA service officers in Pierce County who help navigate the maze of VA services and programs. For a full list of VA resources, locations and hours of operation in Pierce County, visit www.dva.wa.gov/state-county-federal-contacts.
Joint Base Lewis-McChord Service Officer
8271 2nd Division Drive, Room 115
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA 98433