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Returning Service Members

We are honored to welcome veterans and service members who have recently returned from serving in combat operations.

We would like you to be aware of the many services and benefits that are available now that you are a returning combat veteran. The VA provides combat veterans with free health care for conditions potentially related to their combat service for up to five years following their separation from active duty.

Your Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation New Dawn (OND) Program representatives:

Michael Konkoly, MSW, LCSW
Program Manager
(224) 610-4708
Building 135/Room A56 Ground Floor

Darlene DeMario
Transition Patient Advocate
(224) 610-1445
Building CA133/Room 1D 114

Carrie Clarke, MSW, LCSW
Clinical Case Manager
(224) 610-4773

Raydene Edenhofer, MSW, LSW
Clinical Case Manager
(224) 610-4707

Nancy Gallagher, MSW, LCSW
Clinical Case Manager
(224) 610-4841

Elizabeth Mason, MSW, LCSW
Clinical Case Manager
(224) 610-4614

Emily Squier, MA, LCSW
TBI/Polytrauma Case Manager
(224) 610-4711

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

VA is ready to provide health care and other medical services to our nation's returning OEF/OIF/OND Servicemembers. The Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center has a team ready to welcome OEF/OIF/OND Servicemembers and to help coordinate their care. 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.