A brief description of each VA Priority Groups Explained Priority Group is as follows:


Priority Group 1:  Veterans with service-connected disabilities rated by VA as 50% or more disabling, veterans determined by VA to be unemployable due to service-connected conditions, and veterans who have been awarded the Medal of Honor.


Priority Group 2:  Veterans with service-connected disabilities rated by the VA as 30% or 40% disabling.


Priority Groups 3:  Veterans who are former Prisoners of War, veterans who have been awarded a Purple Heart medal, veterans whose discharge was for a disability that was incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, veterans with service-connected disabilities rated by the VA as 10% or 20% disabling.



Priority Group 4:  Veterans who receive aid and attendance or housebound benefits from the VA, and veterans who have been determined to be catastrophically disabled.


Priority Group 5:  Veterans with nonservice connected or non-compensable service-connected disability and veterans rated by the VA as 0% disabled and who have an annual income below the VA's geographically-adjusted income limit. It also includes veterans who receive VA pension benefits and veterans who are eligible for Medicaid programs.


Priority Group 6:  Veterans with a compensable 0% service-connected disability, veterans exposed to radiation during the occupation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975, veterans of the Persian Gulf War who served between August 2, 1990 and November 11, 1998, veterans who served on active duty at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987, and currently enrolled veterans and new enrollees who served in a theatre of combat operations after November 11, 1998, and those who were discharged from active duty on or after January 28, 2003.     


Priority Group 7:  Veterans with gross household income below the geographically-adjusted VA income limit for their resident location and who agree to pay co-payments.


Priority Group 8:  Veterans with gross household incomes above the VA income limits and the geographically adjusted income limits for their resident location, and who agree to pay co-payments. It also includes veterans in Sub priority groups "a" through "g." 


Note:  Failure to follow through on having your annual physical may result in your being dropped from the system.  It should be noted that veterans with at least a 10% service-connected disability rating qualify for free eye glasses and hearing aids and are able to receive VA healthcare with co-payments.  At 30%, dependents are included for prescription coverage.  At 50%, all health care is covered with no co-payments. At 70% long term care is free. 

The new Act would authorize veterans who have a service-connected, and permanent disability rated as 100 percent to travel on Space-A at no additional cost to the Department of Defense (DoD) and without aircraft modifications, according to military officials.


VA Will Allow Veterans To Select Burial Sites

A rule change at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will allow veterans to apply for burial in national cemeteries before their death, rather than requiring family members to apply on their behalf after it.

Veteran burial benefits previously were approved at the "time of need." For families, that meant waiting until after the veteran died to apply for the benefits via fax or email by sending in a copy of the veteran's DD Form 214 or separation documents and then following up by phone.


The rule change instead allows veterans to be approved for burial in a VA national cemetery "pre-need," or before death, through a form submitted by fax, email or mail. The form can be filled out by the veteran or by someone else on his or her behalf.


More than four million people are buried in VA cemeteries.


The change is an easy way for the VA to simplify the burial process for grieving families, officials with the Veterans of Foreign Wars said, and allow veterans to put their affairs in order.


Predetermination forms can be submitted by fax to 1-855-840-8299, or emailed to [email protected] or mailed to the National Cemetery Scheduling Office, P.O. Box 510543, St. Louis, MO 63151, according to the VA.