Seemed like the VA had just about all the major brands when I received mine (tried Phonaks and Oticons and found both absolutely useless). Veterans are a major cash cow for this industry and no one wants to be left out. In fact, I would guess any missing brands would be suing the VA for being excluded from this lucrative market.
So to answer your question, yes, your favorite brand is without doubt, trying to get their latest and greatest into the VA system.
Now, a question for you. If your audiologist transplanted the guts of a dozen different brands and models into the same case, would you know the difference? The answer is, no, you would not. You’d simply know whether any of them really helped you. You, like most all of us, including audiologists, would be hard pressed to articulate the differences in technical specifications among even models of the same brand.
You shouldn’t really care about brands and models. Why? Because a single VA audiologist likely has a patient count in the 5 digit range, and precious little time left in his or her day to sit and looks at all the specs of all the models of all the different brands. Like their civilian counterparts, VA audiologists focus on one or two brands, and even then, only a few models of each.
So let’s say the VA does start offering your double-stuffed crust PhonaK K12, Super Supreme (with free bread sticks) next month. You get the audiologist who services your area. If that person is an Oticon and Starkey person, guess what you will get?
My advice? Focus more on the result than the brand/model.