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Jesse Brown VA Medical Center


Become a Patient

Choose VA for your health care needs. With VA health care, each Veteran's medical benefits package is unique. You can apply for VA health care online from the comfort of your own home.


Jesse Brown VA Medical Center COVID Vaccine Information

Jesse Brown VA Medical Center can now provide COVID-19 vaccines to all Veterans, spouses, widows, and caregivers. There are no restrictions on age, health conditions, employment, or type of discharge from military service.

Veterans who currently get their health care from VA can make a vaccine appointment by contacting their care team or calling (312) 569-5801. Veterans who do not currently get health care from VA, spouses, widows, and caregivers must visit the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center or any of the four community-based outpatient clinics to complete a short registration process. Once the registration process is complete, an appointment can be made to get the vaccine. Same-day appointments may be available, depending on the schedule for the day.

Vaccine appointments are available Monday thru Saturday from 8 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. with evening appointments available on Wednesdays. Vaccines are provided at the Jesse Brown COVID vaccine clinic at 2215 W. Harrison Street in Chicago and at the Adam Benjamin, Jr. VA Outpatient Clinic at 9301 Madison Street in Crown Point, Indiana.

The recently passed SAVE LIVES Act authorizes VA to provide vaccines to all Veterans, spouses, widows, and caregivers during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Jesse Brown currently has an adequate supply of vaccines to serve everyone now eligible thru the SAVE LIVES Act. As of April 2, Jesse Brown has provided more than 35,000 doses of the COVID vaccines to Veterans, caregivers, and employees.

Anyone with questions about registration, enrollment, or eligibility can call (312) 569-6177 or visit the Jesse Brown Become a Patient site for more information.


All Veterans are encouraged to enroll in the VA Health Care System. Visit the VA Eligibility page to learn more about eligibility criteria for VA health care. Since there are a number of exceptions to the eligibility criteria, VA encourages all Veterans to apply in order to determine their enrollment eligibility. 

To begin the process, Veterans can complete the online application or the VA print application. You can bring the printed form to the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center Eligibility Office on the first floor of the medical center near Admitting. You can also mail it to:

Jesse Brown VA Medical Center
Enrollment Coordinator
820 South Damen
Chicago, IL 60612

Whether mailing or bringing your application, please include the following items —

  • a copy of your DD214, 'Armed Forces Report of Transfer or Discharge'
  • a copy of both sides of your current insurance card (including Medicare or Medicaid)
  • a copy of your W2 or bank statement

To speak to someone at Jesse Brown about eligibility and enrollment, please call 312-569-6177.

Basic Eligibility

If you served in the active military, naval or air service and are separated under any condition other than dishonorable, you may qualify for VA health care benefits. Current and former members of the Reserves or National Guard who were called to active duty (other than for training only) by a federal order and completed the full period for which they were called or ordered to active duty may be eligible for VA health care as well.

Minimum Duty Requirements

Most Veterans who enlisted after September 7, 1980, or entered active duty after October 16, 1981, must have served 24 continuous months or the full period for which they were called to active duty in order to be eligible. This minimum duty requirement may not apply to Veterans who were discharged for a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, were discharged for a hardship or received an “early out.” Since there are a number of other exceptions to the minimum duty requirements, VA encourages all Veterans to apply in order to determine their enrollment eligibility.

Veterans Health Benefits Handbook

VA produces a personalized “Veterans Health Benefits Handbook” for each Veteran enrolled in the VA health care system. The handbook provides a current and accurate description of VA health care benefits and services. Your handbook will be tailored specifically to you with personal identifying information, and should be safeguarded as you would any other sensitive personal document.

The “Veterans Health Benefits Handbook” includes:

  • Eligibility and health care benefits,
  • Contact information for your preferred facility,
  • Information regarding copayment responsibilities,
  • Instructions on how to schedule appointments,
  • Guidelines to communicate treatment needs,
  • Patient rights,
  • Ways to obtain copies of medical records and
  • Other important information.

You will receive your personalized handbook via U.S. mail; therefore, you should have a current address on file with VA. Handbooks are mailed based on Priority Group, beginning with Priority Group 1 and ending with Priority Group 8. For more information, go to You may also call VA toll-free at 1-877-222-VETS (8387) if you need to update your address or receive more information.

Health Care Benefits Overview

VA publishes the "Health Care Benefits Overview" booklet, which provides general information and frequently asked questions about VA’s medical benefits package available for all enrollees, and other information such as eligibility for enrollment.

The publication is available and can be downloaded at

We encourage you to refer to it whenever you have questions about your eligibility for specific health care benefits. More information is available at the following resources: