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Returning Service Members

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Rachele Misiti, LCSW
OEF/OIF/OND Program Manager
Temple, Bldg 204, Room 6J29
254-899-7869
Rachele.Misiti@va.gov

Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS) is committed to providing medical care and counseling services for returning service members.

Enhanced Enrollment Opportunity

The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act was signed into law on February 12, 2015. The Act provides a one-year window of enhanced VA health care enrollment for combat Veterans who are not enrolled in the VA health care system, and who were discharged or released from active military, naval, or air service after January 1, 2009 and before January 1, 2011. Combat Veterans who fall within these timeframes and conditions will be placed in Priority Group (PG) 6, unless they qualify for a higher PG. Once the extended year (February 12, 2016) has been reached, combat Veterans will remain enrolled, although they may be shifted to a lower PG.

What Does This Mean?

Affected Veterans can take advantage of this enhanced enrollment opportunity until February 12, 2016 (when the law ends) by applying for enrollment either online at www.va.gov/healthbenefits; or eBenefits at http://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/homepage.

Need Assistance? Contact an OEF/OIF/OND Transition Patient Advocate.

Waco

Austin

Temple

Everlyn Trate
OEF/OIF/OND Transition Patient Advocate
Waco VA Medical Center
Bldg 5 Room 124
254-297-5339

Lawrence Ramos
OEF/OIF/OND Transition Patient Advocate
Austin Outpatient Clinic
Room 2L-116
512-823-4692

Dino Wilson
OEF/OIF/OND Transition Patient Advocate
Temple VA Medical Center
Bldg 204 Room 6G24
254-743-1700

Steven Pullin, Jr.
OEF/OIF/OND Transition Patient Advocate
Waco VA Medical Center
Bldg 5 Room 122
254-297-3145

Michelle Morgan
OEF/OIF/OND Transition Patient Advocate
Austin Outpatient Clinic
Room 2G-108
512-823-4214

Steven Whitehurst
OEF/OIF/OND Transition Patient Advocate
Temple VA Medical Center
Bldg 204 Room 6G26
254-743-2695

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 Central Texas Veterans 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

J. Kristen Bisceglia, LCSW
OEF/OIF/OND Case Manager
Temple, Bldg 204, Room 6G24
254-743-0125
Judith.Bisceglia@va.gov

Suzanne Bozell, LCSW
OEF/OIF/OND Case Manager
Temple, Bldg 204, Room 6G27
254-743-1425
Suzanne.Bozell@va.gov

Jacqueline H. Becton, LMSW
OEF/OIF/OND Case Manager
Temple, Bldg 204, Room 6G25
254-743-0955
Jacqueline.Becton@va.gov

Brandon Barrera, LCSW
OEF/OIF/OND Case Manager
Austin Outpatient Clinic, Room 1F-401
512-823-4293
Brandon.Barrera@va.gov

Kelly Burnett, LCSW
OEF/OIF/OND Case Manager
Austin Outpatient Clinic, Room 1F-425
512-823-4302
Kelly.Burnett@va.gov