Medical alert systems put you in touch with a call center, 911, or a personal contact within seconds. This type of connection can be essential for aging veterans and those with illnesses or disabilities, including those that are service-related.
US veterans can obtain certain brands of free medical alert systems for at-home and on-the-go use through the Department of Veterans Affairs.
No matter when you served, you can use a medical alert system if you’re experiencing any type of emergency, such as:
- Chest pain
- Dizziness or feeling faint
- Severe allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis
- Accidents, including car accidents
- Panic attacks
- Suicidal thoughts
Currently, the VA partners with two private-sector medical alert system companies to provide free systems to veterans: MedEquip Alert and Latitude USA (formerly known as LiveLife Personal Mobile Alarms). If neither system works for you, you also have the option of getting a discounted system through Tricare for Life and Medicare Part C.
This article will provide detailed information about medical alert systems the VA pays for. We’ll also clue you in on how to get a medical alert system at a discount if the VA doesn’t cover it.
What Programs Have VA-Funded Medical Alert Systems?
There are two VA-approved medical alert systems you may wish to consider. Both systems are technologically basic but differ in key features.