Returning Service Members - Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VAMC
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Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VAMC

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Returning Service Members

Have you recently returned from military service? Now is the time to take advantage of benefits for Veterans of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and Operation NEW DAWN (OEF/OIF/OND).

VA Health Care Eligibility

Honorably discharged Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, including the Reserve and National Guard, who served in OEF, OIF or OND, are eligible for five years of free health care (from the date of separation from active duty) for conditions you believe are related to your military service. This health care is provided regardless of your income or eligibility status.

Note: To be eligible for dental care, your DD-214 must be annotated that you did not receive your final dental care while on active duty. You have 180 days from your discharge date to enroll in the VA Healthcare System to receive dental care.

For information or questions regarding VA Healthcare Eligibility, please contact:

Philadelphia VAMC Eligibility Office:
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Polytrauma Program

Philadelphia VA Medical Center established its Polytrauma Team as part of its designation as a Polytrauma Network Site. This Network Site provides a high level of expert care, a full range of clinical and ancillary resources, and it serves as a resource to other facilities within the network. The facility coordinates the care and level of services required to meet the needs of returning veterans and ensures that patients have access to the same high level of care across the network. Find out more information about the Polytrauma program.

VA Benefits

To file a disability claim or to get more information about other VA benefits, please call: 1-800-827-1000 or go to: Veterans Benefits Administration

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.