Veterans in San Antonio are served within Veterans Integrated Service Network 17 through the VA Heart of Texas Health Care Network and the South Texas Veterans Health Care System in San Antonio. The South Texas Veterans Health Care System provides health care services for 80,000 veterans at two inpatient campuses: the Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital in San Antonio and the Kerrville VA Hospital in Kerrville, about 60 miles northwest of San Antonio. There are also 14 community clinics in the greater San Antonio metro region. For a list of community clinics, visit www.southtexas.va.gov/locations/index.asp.
Veterans in the Del Rio area generally receive care at San Antonio’s Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital or the Kerrville VA Hospital in Kerrville, though physicians at either VA hospital can refer Del Rio veterans to local medical care through the Choice Program.
Del Rio is served by the Val Verde County Veterans Service Office (830-774-7548 or 830-774-7549).
Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital, STVHCS
7400 Merton Minter San Antonio, TX 78229...............................210-617-5300
The Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital is a quaternary care facility affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Comprehensive health care is provided through acute medical, surgical, mental health, physical medicine and rehabilitation, geriatric and primary care services. Quaternary services include bone marrow transplantation, open-heart surgery, magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomography. As a Level II research facility, the hospital participates in projects for aging, cardiac surgery, cancer, diabetes and HIV. The facility is also one of three National Institutes of Health-sponsored clinical research centers in the VA.
Kerrville VA Hospital, STVHCS
3600 Memorial Blvd. Kerrville, TX 78028.................................866-487-1653
The Kerrville VA Hospital, 65 miles northwest of San Antonio and 153 miles northeast of Del Rio, provides primary care, some specialty care, geriatric evaluation and management, palliative care and long-term care services with a Community Living Center. Outpatient clinics offer primary care and some specialty care while sharing resources with each other and their respective communities. When necessary, veterans are referred to Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital for specialty care.
Texas Veterans Commission
Stephen F. Austin Building, Suite 800 Austin, TX 78701............512-463-5538
VA Suicide Lifeline...............................................................800-273-8255
The Texas Veterans Commission improves the quality of life for Texas’ veterans, military and their families by increasing awareness and access to appropriate federal, state and local resources. Veterans in South Texas can receive health care from a variety of Department of Veterans Affairs facilities, including two hospitals, 14 community clinics and a dental clinic. 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.