The Department of Veterans Affairs recently released the Spanish version of the application for health benefits. According to the VA, this was done as part of the VA’s ongoing effort to simplify and improve the health care enrollment process for veterans.
The new language version implements the VA Advisory committee on Minority Veterans’ recommendation to provide Spanish versions of the application and instructions.
“Our veteran population is made up of an increasingly diverse group of people,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “Our nation appreciates the service and sacrifice of all veterans, including Hispanic and Latino veterans. And it’s our duty to expand the ways we communicate with all veterans, so they’re properly informed about the benefits they’ve earned.”
According to the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics, the number of living veterans who identify as being Hispanic or Latino, as of September 20, 2017, is nearly 1.5 million people. More than half a million veterans already enrolled in the VA health care system self-identify as Hispanic or Latino.