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VA St. Louis Health Care System

 

Returning Service Members

The VA's Returning Service Members Program for returning Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve service members of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF). Please view these two brochures listed below:

Picture of soldier in combat dress with the American Flag

 

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 VA St. Louis 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.

Contact

Robert Whalen
Transitional Patient Advocate
OEF/OIF/OND Care Management Program
314-289-7634

Polytrauma/TBI Rehabilitation Program
VAMC St. Louis Jefferson Barracks Division
314-652-4100 Ext. 66481

Mental Health Services
VA St. Louis Health Care System
314-894-6653

Guy Spooner, RN
Nurse Case Manager
VAMC St. Louis Jefferson Barracks Division
314-894-6477