Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS)
Returning Service Members
ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM AND
NEW DAWN VETERANS
The VA can provide you with Health Care and Benefits Assistance if you have served in a recent theater of Combat Operations.
Contact the local OEF/OIF Coordinator for more information on the Returning Service Members after military discharge.
For more info, please view our poster.
Iva K. Davis, LMSW, ACSW
Chief, Social Work Service
Phone: 334-727-0550 ext: 3345/3959
Fax Number: 334-725-2776
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 Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS) 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.