VETERANS CORNER Eyeglasses & Hearing Aids

Don Parsons 

Contrary to popular belief, the VA will provide glasses and hearing aids to those who are not service connected for vision or hearing-related conditions (Priority Groups 6-8).  In the past these were available only to those service connected for those conditions. These services are considered part of the preventative care package for all veterans   enrolled in VA healthcare who meet certain criteria.  Also, veterans who are enrolled in the VA health care system are eligible for battery replacement and repair of hearing aids even though those aids were purchased from a private source.

Even though glasses and hearing aids may be provided at no charge, there may be a co-pay required for those in priority group 6-8. Audiology is a specialty clinic, with $50 dollar co-pay for some services. There is no co-pay for the devices or the batteries, nor are there any charges for visits for the purpose of adjusting, repairing or modifying hearing aids.

Just recently VA Northern California made it easier for veterans to schedule a routine hearing test appointment. You no longer need a referral from your Primary Care Physician to schedule a routine hearing test with Audiology, to schedule your routine appointment call (916)923-4940. This is a trial program your appointment will be with the Audiology department at the McClellan clinic.

No cost VA health care is available to many veterans, including those who recently returned from a combat zone.  They are entitled to five years of free VA care.  The five-year “clock” begins with their discharge from the military, not their departure from the combat zone.  The VA Medical Center in Sacramento has an enrollment coordinator available to provide information.  Veterans can also visit or call my office with their health eligibility questions.

Remember, the Colusa County Veteran Services office is here to serve veterans and their dependents. I can complete the DMV Veteran Status Verification Form for the new California Veteran Designation on your driver’s license and California I.D. cards to honorably discharged veterans.  There are many state and federal benefits available to veterans and their dependents that they have earned. To find out if you are eligible for any of these benefits, visit or call our office.  I can and will assist you in completing all required forms and application.  You can get information on the Web from the Colusa County Veterans Service Office webpage at

— Don Parsons the Asst. Veterans Service Officer for Colusa County is a retired Army Sergeant First Class. Contact him at the Veterans Service Office, 251 E. Webster St. Colusa, CA 95932; by phone at (530)458-0388 or by email at    

Don Parsons is the Assistant Veterans Service Officer for Colusa County. You can reach him at (530)458-0388 or The Colusa County Veteran Services Office is located at 251 E. Webster St. in Colusa and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 12:30pm and 1:30 pm to 4:30 p.m.■