Program Description

The Department of Veteran's Affairs' (VA) Compensated Work Therapy Program matches and supports work ready Veterans in competitive jobs. The program also consults with business and industry about their specific employment needs.

What Does the Compensated Work Therapy Program Do?

The program helps Veterans with disabilities get competitive employment in the community, working in jobs they choose, while receiving the support they need.

Are You Eligible?

Veterans generally must be enrolled to receive VA health care. The VA system then will prioritize your enrollment by priority groupings of 1-8 in the following way:

  • Priority Groups 1-3: Service-connected Veterans who have received a VA disability rating, POWs, awarded Purple Heart Medal or Medal of Honor.
  • Priority Groups 4-8: These groups identify other eligibilities generally based medical conditions, combat status, environmental exposures and income.

Then, eligibility is as follows:

If you served in the active military service and were separated under any condition other than dishonorable, you may qualify for VA health care benefits.

Current and former members of the Reserves or National Guard who were called to active duty by a Federal order and completed the full period for which they were called or ordered to active duty may be eligible for VA health benefits as well.

Combat Veterans who served in a theater of combat operations after November 11, 1998 are eligible to enroll in PG 6 within 5 years from the date of discharge and will receive free health care services and nursing home care for conditions possibly related to their military service.

Veterans who were discharged or released from the active military, naval, or air service after January 1, 2009, and before January 1, 2011, but did not enroll to receive hospital care, medical services, or nursing home care during the five-year period as currently specified by law, will have an additional one-year period from the date of enactment of the Clay Hunt SAV Act (February 12, 2015) to enroll for VA health care.

Veterans who served on active duty at Camp Lejeune for not fewer than 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 are eligible for care for treatment of certain medical conditions regardless of enrollment status.

For more detailed eligibility requirements, you can go to the VA Health Benefits homepage at

How do you Apply?

The easiest way to apply for VA health benefits is by completing and submitting VA Form 10- 10EZ, Application for Health Benefits online. You may also apply in person at your local VA medical facility, by calling 1-877- 222-VETS (8387) or you may mail the completed form to:

VA Health Eligibility Center 

2957 Clairmont Road, Suite 200

Atlanta, Georgia 30329