Information for Veterans, Families, and Caregivers

My Care

Think about your values, beliefs and wishes. How do these translate into future care? Take some time to think about the quality of life you wish to have.

Part of the free Veterans Affairs Advance Directive is choosing your health care decision maker. Choosing a health care decision maker means selecting someone you trust to speak on your behalf if you cannot.

Your wishes are not set in stone. Sometimes, people’s views, beliefs and wishes may change – so can your free Veterans Affairs Advance Directive. It’s also important to revisit this form to make sure your wishes are up-to-date.

My Choice

Once you have chosen your future care wishes and a health care decision maker, you are ready to complete the free Veterans Affairs Advance Directive.

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My Voice

Make sure everyone knows and understands your wishes. Share completed copies with your family, friends, doctors and caregivers. Keep an extra copy of your free form in an easily-found location. Some keep it in a folder attached to the refrigerator, in their car, or purse/wallet.

It’s important to update this form on a regular basis. Make sure your wishes are in line with the form. Be sure to keep your advance directives up to date as your wishes change and be sure your provider and decision maker have the most up to date document.