May 18, 2024

Veterans World

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V.A. - Providing Health Care for Veterans

The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at ~1,298 health care facilities, including ~171 medical centers and ~1,113 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving ~9 million enrolled Veterans each year.  

Affordable Care Act

Find out how the new health care law affects Veterans’ health care at VA.

Read about the Affordable Care Act »

Mental Health

VA has a variety of mental health resources, information, treatment options, and more — all accessible to Veterans, Veterans’ supporters, and the general public. Explore the pages below to learn more about a specific mental health topic or to find information specifically tailored to your needs.

Click here to go to VA Mental Health site

Crisis Hotline

Launched in 2007, the Veterans Crisis Line started with 14 trained responders working out of a call center in Canandaigua, N.Y. It’s grown to include an online chat and text service with 500 responders in three call center locations. Because many respondents are Veterans, they’re familiar with the challenges Veterans face.

Continuing care after the call, chat, or text, Veterans Crisis Line responders can refer Veterans to a local suicide prevention coordinator (SPC). Available in each VA medical center across the country, SPCs can connect Veterans to the counseling and services they need.

Respondents are also available 24/7 to help active-duty service members and their families and friends through a crisis through the Military Crisis Line. Service members, including members of the National Guard and Reserves, along with their loved ones, can Dial 988 and Press 1, chat online at, or send a text to 838255 to receive free, confidential support.

Our main campus provides primary care and specialty health services, including mental health, dental services, vision care (ophthalmology and optometry), neurology, nutrition counseling, foot care (podiatry), and more. Below, you’ll find our address and hours, parking and transportation information, and the other health services we offer at Orlando VA Medical Center.


13800 Veterans Way
Orlando, FL 32827-5812

Phone numbers

Main phone: 407-631-1000

VA health connect: 877-741-3400

Mental health care: 407-631-2050

Call Non-VA Care within 24 hours upon checking into the nearest Emergency room.

Non-VA Care phone number: 407-646-4000

Orlando VA Medical Center

Clinical hours: Mon. - Sun.: 24/7 | Parking Cost: Free

Wheelchair availability: Orlando VA Medical Center campus has wheelchairs upon arrival for patients who need them to access the building.

Shuttle services & Local transportation services: Coming soon!

Other services: Coming soon!

Beneficiary travel:

Beneficiary travel benefits include round-trip transportation from your home to the medical center, mileage reimbursement, or special mode transport.

VA Health News
Home Telehealth Heart Failure Monitoring Program

Home Telehealth Heart Failure Monitoring Program ensures consistent monitoring and response. [...]

Veterans share how mental health care improved their lives

This Mental Health Month, VA is sharing stories of Veterans who found a new sense of self, purpose and hope through mental health support. [...]

VA Leading the Way: VA provider makes medical facility greener

VA doctor leading the way on anesthetic gas capturing and recycling system. [...]

Help for Veterans facing thoughts of suicide

Transitioning to civilian life can be difficult. Find ways to overcome suicide thoughts with VA and Veteran organizations resources. [...]

Telehealth and virtual tools deliver high-quality care to rural Veterans

VA’s Office of Connected Care helps Veterans in rural areas receive care through telehealth and other virtual tools. [...]

Navy Veteran turns his life around with a second chance from VA

Navy Veteran Tim Healy could be serving a life sentence. Given a second chance, he now helps other justice-involved Veterans. [...]

Are you struggling with unhealthy eating patterns?

As a Veteran, you may be at an increased risk for developing an eating disorder [...]

Tribal leaders discuss care for Native American Veterans

Tribal and Indian Affairs Advisory Committee includes 15 members from different tribal nations and a native Hawaiian Veteran. [...]

Four virtual resources to improve your sleep

VA’s virtual resources can help Veterans receive higher quality sleep [...]

Bedford VA improves wheelchair safety

Veteran leaving hospital in a wheelchair without secure tie-down brackets put him at risk during transportation. [...]

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A Great Day

Military stuff

Military Times
- The Associated Press
Archaeologists believe they’ve uncovered Revolutionary War barracks

Recovered artifacts at the Virginia site include chimney bricks and musket balls that were indented with soldiers’ teeth. [...]

- Irene Loewenson
One of 1st Black Marines to serve in combat honored for 100th birthday

Former Cpl. Lawrence “Larry” Diggs, a Montford Point Marine and World War II vet, received early 100th birthday wishes from top military officials. [...]

- Frank A. Blazich Jr., Smithsonian Institution, The Conversation
A jacket, a coin, a letter: Relics of Omaha Beach tell the D-Day story

Eighty years ago, Allied soldiers crossed the choppy waters of the English Channel to land on Normandy beaches to defeat Hitler’s regime. [...]

- Olga R. Rodriguez, The Associated Press
Family of Navy vet who died after police knelt on neck settles lawsuit

Family members of Angelo Qunito settled a federal lawsuit against the city of Antioch for $7.5 million. [...]

- The Associated Press
Remains of 17-year-old soldier killed during Korean War identified

Army Pfc. Thomas A. Smith was reported missing in action in 1950 when his unit took part in a battle at the southern end of the Korean peninsula. [...]

- Leo Shane III
Academy athletes could jump to pro sports right away under House plan

A proposal from House lawmakers would let academy athletes with professional sports offers serve in the reserves instead of on active duty. [...]

- Leo Shane III
Vets bill would expand caregiver support, boost in-home care options

A sweeping veterans measure introduced by lawmakers on Tuesday would improve benefits for veteran caregivers and individuals facing homelessness. [...]

- Leo Shane III
House lawmakers cut back public hearings on annual defense bill

Defense and veterans hearings on Capitol Hill for the week of May 13, 2024. [...]