Of the almost 8 million Veterans enrolled in the VA Health Care System, about 3 million live in rural areas.
Rural Veterans do not always live near VA health care services. This is the biggest challenge facing many rural communities. Veterans in rural areas often cannot get to a doctor or health care facility, so rural Veterans often do not get the care and treatment they need. Some rural Veterans need help with scheduling doctor visits, scheduling medical tests and obtaining medication from their local drugstore.