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VA Western Colorado Health Care System

 

Returning Service Members

Thank you for Your Service!!

The VA Western Colorado Healthcare System in Grand Junction, Colorado is truly grateful for the men and women who have risked their lives to fight terrorism in Afghanistan, Iraq, and many other locations around the world. The VA has developed special programs to serve the nation’s newest Veterans that assist with a smooth transition from active duty to civilian life.

VA can provide you with priority health care and benefits assistance even if you are still on active duty or an activated member of the National Guard or Reserve. If you are a discharged Veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or Operation New Dawn; the VA is available, and ready, to provide you with medical care for five years from your military discharge date for conditions you believe are related to your military service regardless of your income or eligibility.

On behalf of the Transition and Care Management program at VA Western Colorado Healthcare System Welcome Home!!

What is the Transition and Care Management (TCM) Program?

TCM Mission: To help Veterans and their families navigate the VA system in getting the benefits and services they have earned. We realize readjustment can be difficult, that’s why the TCM team is here to walk with Veterans through the process and make things as easy as possible.

Every VA Health Care System has a TCM Program Team to welcome Post 9/11 Veterans and help coordinate care. Case Managers, who are either nurses or social workers, coordinate patient care and help navigate through the VA system.

What VA services are available for Post 9/11 Veterans?

Seamless Transitioning: We are honored to welcome, and serve Veterans, Servicemembers, and families who have served in Post 9/11 operations. We are committed to helping make each individual’s transition from active duty military status to civilian life as smooth and seamless as possible.

The VA provides Veteran’s with free health care for conditions potentially related to their active duty service for up to five years following their separation from active duty. The VA also provides healthcare for conditions not related to active duty service, which can require minimal co-pay. At the end of the five-year period, Veterans can retain enrollment eligibility and co-pay status will be determined based on individual circumstances.

  • Primary and Specialty Medical Care
  • Rehabilitation Care
  • Comprehensive Referrals to Specialty Care
  • Outreach to Troops and Families
  • Post-Deployment Mental Health Services
  • Readjustment Counseling to address problems with sleep, relationships, anger management and stress
  • PTSD Support Groups
  • Women Veteran Services
  • Care Coordination by Social Work Case Managers to assist with:
    • Service Connected Eligibility and Claims
    • County and State Benefits
    • Education Benefits including GI Bill and Vocational Rehabilitation
    • Employment Support
    • Housing Support

Benefits and Services:

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2008 extends the period of enhanced VA health care eligibility and enhances benefits provided to Veterans who served in a theater of combat operations after November 11, 1998. Under the "Combat Veteran" authority, the VA provides cost-free health care services and nursing home care for conditions possibly related to military service and enrollment in Priority Group 6, unless the Veteran is eligible for enrollment in a higher priority of care. This benefit applies to OEF/OIF/OND Veterans, currently enrolled Veterans, and new enrollees who were discharged from active duty on or after January 28, 2003 and is good for five years after discharge.

Veterans, including activated Reservists and members of the National Guard, are eligible if they served on active duty in a theater of combat operations after November 11, 1998, and have an honorable discharge. Health benefits include cost-free VA health care and medications provided for conditions potentially related to combat service. Veterans with service-related injuries or illnesses always have access to VA care for the treatment of their disabilities without any time limit, as do lower-income Veterans.

How to Enroll for Care:

  • Stop by the eligibility and enrollment office on the Colorado Corridor on the first floor, or give us a call to enroll. Don't forget to bring a copy of your DD214.
  • Filling out the 10-10EZ  enrollment form online or in-person to determine co-payments or exemption from co-payments.

Eligibility:

  • Veterans who served in a combat theatre after November 11, 1998 and were discharged under other than dishonorable conditions you are eligible for 5 years of cost-free care for conditions potentially related to your combat service; 5 years is determined from the date of separation listed on the DD214 form.
  • Veterans who were deployed to a theatre of combat, (even if you stayed in the Forward Operating Base).
  •  Health care includes:
  • Medications for deployment related issues
  • Yearly physicals
  • Mental health counseling
  • Women’s clinic
  • Dental benefits are available to Veterans who are 100% service connected, to Veterans with a service connected dental condition, and for Veterans who have been separated 6 months from active duty and were not seen by dental.

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.

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.