VA's Foreign Medical Program (FMP)
If you are a veteran who resides overseas (or are traveling overseas) and have been separated under conditions other than dishonorable and have a disability, or disabilities, already deemed "service-connected" by VA through an actual rating decision, then VA will cover the costs of any needed treatment (this includes prescribed medication, hospitalization and any surgeries, and physical therapy) of only your service-connected disability while you're residing or traveling abroad (see 38 C.F.R §17.35).
To submit a claim for reimburesment of any needed treatment of service-connected disability, or disabilities, while residing overseas, you normally should first register with the VA's Foreign Medical Program (FMP) by filling out the below VAF 10-7959f-1;
Once you have filled out the VHA 10-7959f-1 you must send it to VA's FMP along with a copy of your rating decision to their following address;
Department of Veterans Affairs
Foreign Medical Program
P.O. Box 469061
Denver, CO 80246-9061
Tel: (303) 331-7590
Fax: (303) 331-7803
...or you can email the documents to; email@example.com
Australia: 1800 354 965
Costa Rica: 0800-013-0759
Germany: 0800 1800011
Italy: 800 782655
Mexico: (001) 877-345-8179
Spain: 900 981 776
UK: 0800-032 7425
Within a few weeks of FMP receiving your registration, they will generally send you your "benefits authorization," which is a print out of your service-connected disabilities that you're allowed to seek care for at VA's expense.
Claims for reimbursment of medical expenses:
The required documents generally needed by FMP to reimburse the costs of any treatment you incurred are the following;
The above treatment record(s) for each day being billed do not have to be in English. If they are in a foreign language, they will be translated by the FMP at no cost to the claimant. However, if the treatment record(s) are not in English, it may take a few weeks longer for the FMP to process the claim. The FMP does encourage the use of VHA 10-7959f-2 when submitting claims for reimbursement as a cover sheet;
You can also have your medical provider bill the VA's FMP directly for any treatment needed of your service-connected disability if they are willing to do so. Below are "fact sheets" written in different languages to print out and take to your medical provider (or email them). These fact sheets explain in the different languages what is needed by the VA's FMP from the provider in order to pay for any needed treatment of any service-connected disability. Generally, the same documents that are listed above (except for "proof of payment" by the veteran) are required by the medical provider as well when submitting their invoices for payment.
All claims for payment/reimbursements of any needed medical treatment for a service-connected disability while residing or traveling overseas should be sent to the FMP's mailing address noted at the top of this page.