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2 million mobile app downloads giving more Veterans access

The VA Health and Benefits mobile app is modernizing how Veterans access and manage their health care and benefits information. The app surpassed 2 millionth downloads—a significant milestone in giving Veterans convenient access to their VA health care and benefits via their mobile devices.

This immediate access to vital health and benefits information is resonating strongly with Veterans, particularly those living in remote or rural areas where reaching VA facilities may be challenging. The app quickly became a lifeline for many.

With almost a million monthly active users who send over three hundred thousand secure messages and refill over a quarter of a million prescriptions—each month—the app’s strong adoption and Veteran-centered design have helped earn it a rating of 4.8 on the Apple Store and 4.6 on Google Play, on par with companies like USAA and Uber. Users are saying:

“This is one of—if not the most—important app on my phone.“

“This is a huge timesaver.”

“Veterans can have an active part of engaging with VA at a higher tick… now it’s literally on your couch, and that just gives folks more sense of ownership and accessibility.”

Putting Veterans at the center

As the app’s popularity and use continue to grow, VA’s Office of Information and Technology works with users to identify challenges with VA digital services so VA can incorporate their feedback and new features to improve the experience. These have led to enhancements like:

The app’s integration of biometric options like fingerprint and facial recognition to streamline access

A new one-touch feature that generates a Proof of Veteran Status screen when you log in to make it quick, easy, and more private for you to prove Veteran status to retailers and access your Veteran benefits

Crucial accessibility features for the 22 percent of users who leverage assistive technology—features such as the ability for blinded Veterans to access and read their decision letters through the app

If you’re a Veteran, caregiver or dependent, you can sign up to participate in online feedback sessions related to the mobile app and other VA digital tools to enhance them for all Veterans.

Features and tools Veterans want

Quick and direct access to the VA Crisis Line for Veterans and their families

Management of Health Care Appointments

View Status of Claims and Appeals

Read benefit decision letters

Refill and Track VA Prescriptions

Secure Message with Your VA Health Care Team

Download Common VA Letters and Documents

View VA Vaccine Records

Locate VA Facilities

One-touch Proof of Veteran Status

Access Using Biometric Login

Upcoming 2024 features include health care appointment scheduling and check-ins, travel claim submissions and more.

If you’d like to learn more about the app or download it, you can explore the VA Health and Benefits mobile app page.

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