Veterans Appointment Request (VAR) App Now Available

The Veterans Health Administration’s Office of Connected Care has begun a phased release of the Veteran Appointment Request (VAR) app at select locations. The web-based app makes it possible for Veterans enrolled in VA health care to:

  • View or Cancel existing clinic appointments
  • Make requests for help scheduling primary care and mental health appointments at facilities where they receive care
  • Self-schedule primary care appointments for their assigned primary care provider

We have been collaborating with the Office of Connected Care on preparation activities and VAR is now available to Veterans enrolled with the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System effective April 17, 2017.

VA is continuing to expand VAR’s functionality and make it available for additional clinics. Your feedback is valuable and can assist VA with advancing the VAR app. Please share your experiences on the VA App Store VAR page, under the Feedback to VA tab. If you need assistance with the VAR app, please contact the VA Mobile Solutions Help Desk at 1-877-470-5947, weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., CT.

There are several VAR resources available to Veterans on the VAR App Store internet page at: These resources include:

  • VAR User Manual
  • VAR Quick Start Guide
  • Veteran-facing Frequently Asked Questions

We appreciate your efforts to serve Veterans by sharing information about VAR with America’s heroes, their loved ones, and others with a vested interest in VA health care operations.


Jason W. Dangel

Public Affairs Officer (00PA), U.S. Army Veteran

Bay Pines VA Healthcare System (516)

10000 Bay Pines Blvd., Bay Pines, FL 33744

(O) (727) 398-6661, Ext. 15031 | (M) (727) 798-1531 | (F) (727) 398-9442 | |

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The Bay Pines VAHCS is one of the nation’s leading VA healthcare systems, employing more than 4,000 medical professionals and support staff dedicated to providing high quality care to Veterans residing in southwest Florida. The organization operates nine facilities to include the medical center located in Bay Pines and clinics located throughout a 10-county area in southwest Florida.

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About Jeff Cavanagh

Jeff Cavanagh spent his freshman year at St. Petersburg Junior College back in the early 70s before enlisting in the United States Navy. Soon after, he attended Jacksonville University on a Navy ROTC scholarship. After college, he was commissioned and became a qualified Surface Warfare Officer spending the next 22 years honing his skills as a ship-handler and expert recruiter before retiring in 1994. Jeff expresses a deep sense of pride in St. Petersburg College due to connections that go back many years. His father, Tom Cavanagh, was a career Air Force fighter pilot and combat veteran who taught Geography and Western Civilization at St. Petersburg Junior College in the 60’s and 70’s.

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