Returning Service Members - Hampton VA Medical Center
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Hampton VA Medical Center


Returning Service Members

OEF/OIF/OND Care Management Program:  
The Hampton VA Medical Center (VAMC) OEF/OIF/OND care management program works exclusively with Operating Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn Veterans.  Our staff serve as the primary point of contact for any issues related to access to health care and provide ongoing care management services as needed.

Combat Veteran Eligibility:
The Department of Veterans Affairs has new eligibility rules. These rules apply to both active and reserve component personnel who served in designated combat zones since November 11, 1998.  From the date of separation from active duty, an eligible Veteran may receive 5 years of free priority care.

* Free care refers to all services related to the Veteran's combat experience, even if there is insufficient medical evidence to conclude that such a condition is attributable to such service. Co-payments may be charged for the treatment of non-combat related conditions.
To enroll in the VA Health Care System and apply for benefits, contact the OEF/OIF/OND program for assistance or you may fill out an online application <>.

Contact Information:
For resources available to returning servicemen and women of OEF, OIF, and OND please contact:

Julia M. Allaman, MSN, PMHCNS
OEF/OIF/OND Program Manager

Noel Craig, MSW, Social Work Case Manager


Special Eligibility and Coordination of Care for Combat Veterans Serving in Combat Theater After 11/11/1998- Returning Servicemembers (OEF/OIF/OND)

The Post-9/11 Transition and Care Management Program offers transitional assistance, case management and outreach services to all Veterans who have served after September 11, 2001 in their transition to civilian life. For more information about the various programs available for recent returning service members, log on to the Returning Servicemembers web site.

Veterans who served in a theater of combat operations also have special eligibility for VA health care. Under the "Combat Veteran" authority VA provides cost-free health care services and nursing home care for conditions possibly related to military service and enrollment in Priority Group 6 or higher for 5 years from the date of discharge or release from active duty, unless eligible for enrollment in a higher priority group.

Combat Veterans who enroll with VA under this enhanced Combat Veteran authority will continue to be enrolled even after their enhanced eligibility period ends, although they may be shifted to Priority Group 7 or 8, depending on their income level, and required to make applicable copays. Additionally, for care not related to combat service, copays may be required depending on their financial assessment and other special eligibility factors.

NOTE: The 5-year enrollment period applicable to these Veterans begins on the discharge or separation date of the service member from active duty military service, or in the case of multiple call-ups, the most recent discharge date.