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Returning Service Members

Iowa City VA Healthcare System started receiving Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom soldiers for medical care in 2003. We continue to educate the community through the media and community organizations about the five-year priority healthcare for returning soldiers.

The Iowa City VA Healthcare System has an OEF OIF Care Management Team that works exclusively with returning combat veterans.

Please refer to the many services described on this site to help illustrate the professional level of care we offer our OIF/OEF/OND veterans.

If you find yourself with a specific question about one or more of our services, the individuals listed to the right are dedicated to helping you with all of your unique healthcare needs. Please don't hesitate to call them.

 

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 Iowa City 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.