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Central Texas Veterans Health Care System

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Returning Service Members

Thank you for joining us for the 2013 Welcome Home Celebration held Saturday, September 28, 2013. 

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

You have 5 years from your date of discharge to receive free health care for any condition that may be related to combat service. Whether or not you choose to use VA health care after separation, you must enroll with the VA within 5 years to get health care benefits later on. After the 5 years, a co-payment status will depend on whether your illness or injury is found to be service-connected.

All Veterans are encouraged to enroll in the VA Health Care System. To begin the process, please complete an Application for health care benefits.

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

Everlyn Trate
OEF/OIF/OND Transition Patient Advocate
Waco VA Medical Center
Bldg 5 Room 124
254-297-5339
Steven Pullin, Jr.
OEF/OIF/OND Transition Patient Advocate
Waco VA Medical Center
Bldg 5 Room 122
254-297-3145
Dino Wilson
OEF/OIF/OND Transition Patient Advocate
Temple VA Medical Center
Bldg 204 Room 6G24
254-743-1700
Steven Whitehurst
OEF/OIF/OND Transition Patient Advocate
Temple VA Medical Center
Bldg 204 Room 6G26
254-743-2695
Lawrence Ramos
OEF/OIF/OND Transition Patient Advocate
Austin Outpatient Clinic
Room 2L-116
512-823-4692
Michelle Morgan
OEF/OIF/OND Transition Patient Advocate
Austin Outpatient Clinic
Room 2G-108
512-823-4214
Kevin Collier
OEF/OIF/OND Transition Patient Advocate
Austin Outpatient Clinic
Room 2D-154
512-823-4754

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

Jennifer W. Silva, LSCW
OEF/OIF/OND Acting Program Manager
Austin Outpatient Clinic, Room 1B-175
512-823-4631
Jennifer.Silva1@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

Brenda L. Nickolaison, LCSW
SCI Coordinator
Temple, Bldg. 163, Room 1B104
254-743-1769
Brenda.Nickolaison@va.gov