How to Access Urgent and Emergency Care for Veterans


Submitted by the Whatcom County Health Department

Calling all U.S. Military Veterans! You can access urgent care right here in Bellingham/Whatcom County without going to a VA clinic. 

If you are registered with the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), here is how you can access urgent and emergency care in the community: 

Urgent Care in the Community

If you have seen your primary care provider within the last 24 months, you are eligible for the VA’s urgent care benefit. You can visit an in-network urgent care clinic to treat minor injuries and illnesses that are not life-threatening. To verify your eligibility for VA urgent care, call 844-MyVA311 (844-698-2311) and select option one, then option three. To find in-network urgent care providers and pharmacies, visit

For more information, visit the VA’s Urgent Care webpage.

Emergency Care in the Community

During a medical emergency, seek care immediately at the nearest hospital, whether it is a VA medical center or not. Veterans do not need to check with VA before calling an ambulance or going to a community hospital emergency department. However, for VA to coordinate and potentially pay for emergency care, you must let VA know within 72 hours of your hospital visit, at 844-72HRVHA (844-724-7842).

For more information visit the VA’s Emergency Medical Care webpage.

Featured photo by Matt Benoit

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