This Military and Veterans Health Care Issue Module incorporates a background brief, key data, policy research, webcasts/presentations and a list of key organizations.
Military health care encompasses a diverse range of programs, each serving a total military population of more than 9.2 million people, including active duty personnel and families, retirees and their families, and eligible veterans. The major military health care programs are operated through the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Department of Defense covers active duty service members and retirees from all branches of the military and their families while the Department of Veterans Affairs covers veterans and their eligible family members. Each program has different eligibility criteria, benefits packages, and financing structures.