Veterans sometimes need mental health services that aren’t covered by Tricare or that aren’t as easy to access as other services provided at Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) hospitals and clinics. One of the mental health services that can be the most difficult for veterans to access is marriage counseling.

The VA and the Department of Defense (DoD) distinguish between medical and non-medical counseling, and Tricare only covers services that fall under the definition of medical counseling. Veterans or active-duty service members can only receive Tricare-covered marriage counseling when they have a diagnosed mental health condition and a referring mental health provider deems marriage counseling medically necessary to treat that condition.

Read more in Open Counseling.