Returning Service Members - John J. Pershing VA Medical Center
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John J. Pershing VA Medical Center


Returning Service Members

In an effort to continue as a center of excellence in the delivery of rural health care, the John J. Pershing VAMC has been commissioned to facilitate the returning service member's transition from military medical treatment under DoD to the VA’s medical treatment and social support opportunities created for them. 

Part of our mission is to meet with and assist veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom during this transition process and to direct them to the appropriate care for their individual situation. This includes, but is not limited to the dissemination of information, encouraging service members to enroll and seek appropriate services, and outreach to veterans unable to come to us.

We would like to meet with and provide clinical mental health services and case management services to veterans in the interim as they transition from the DoD medical system into the VA’s medical system.  This includes but is not limited to mental health services, case management, family assistance services, and other clinical services for active duty service members and their families.

The Team serving returning service memberswould like to link service personnel to points of contact that accept claims for compensation from separating active duty service members as well as provide information pertaining to various benefits of potential entitlement including educational benefits, home loan benefits, vocational rehabilitation, pension benefits, dependency and indemnity compensation, life insurance and dental benefits.

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.