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New Mexico VA Health Care System

 

Returning Service Members

THE NEW MEXICO VA HEALTH CARE SYSTEM WELCOMES HOME
OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM & OPERATION NEW DAWN (OEF/OIF/OND) VETERANS

Transition and Care Management Program
 

This includes returning Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve service members of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.  We honor the opportunity to provide benefits information and assistance to eligible Veterans who honorably fought and served in our Nation's armed forces.

Returning Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve service members of Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn; contact information and questions answered:  VA Returning Service Members - Operation Enduring Freedom / Operation Iraqi Freedom / Operation New Dawn (OEF/OIF/OND).  Our program is called Transition and Care Management.

OFFERING: 

  • Assistance with Enrollment
  • Post-deployment Screenings
  • Specialized Health Care Appointments
  • Referrals to Specialists
  • Case Management Services

Collage of military and family member on the flight line, in the filed and with a doctor

 

 

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 New Mexico VA Health Care System 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.