The Hospice Benefit for Veterans

Veterans hospice care memorials

Hospice care is part of the Veterans Health Administration benefits package. As a veteran, you are eligible for care if you are enrolled in benefits and you meet the medical need for hospice. Enrollment information is available on the Department of Veterans Affairs website or you may call a Compassus care coordinator at a location near you.

Hospice care is available for veterans who have a terminal condition with a diagnosis of six months or less to live. You, your doctor and your loved ones decide when to go on hospice. You can also decide to stop hospice care at any time if you change your mind and want to seek curative treatment again.

We partner with the We Honor Veterans program to ensure your physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs are met.

VA hospice benefit highlights

  • Care available at your personal residence, nursing home, assisted living or wherever you call home
  • No co-pay for hospice care you receive
  • Medical equipment, medication and personal care supplies
  • Pain and symptom control centered around patient and family goals
  • Grief counseling for families

Basic Eligibility

If you served as an active duty military officer and were separated under any condition other than dishonorable, you likely qualify for VA health care benefits. Current and former members of the Reserve or National Guard who were called to active duty by a federal order and completed the full period for which they were ordered may be eligible for VA health benefits as well.

Visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Geriatrics and Extended Care page for hospice and palliative care application forms. You may also contact a care coordinator at a Compassus location near you to learn about our programs. 

We Honor Veterans program

Most of our locations work in cooperation with We Honor Veterans, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and the VA.

Benefits of the veterans program include:

  • Streamlined referral and admission process
  • Familiarity with the VA system and help with identifying and accessing benefits
  • Coordination of care with the local VA medical center, including joint visits