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Returning Service Members

Rachele Misiti, LCSW, TCM rogram Manager

Rachele Misiti, LCSW
TCM Program Manager
Temple, Bldg 204, Room 6J29

VA Transition Care Management
Central Texas Veterans Health Care System is committed to providing medical care and counseling services for returning service members.

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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; or eBenefits at

Need Assistance? Contact an Transition Care Management (TCM) Patient Advocate.

Transition Care Management Contacts

Everlyn Trate
TCM Patient Advocate
Waco VA Medical Center
Bldg 5 Room 124

Lawrence Ramos
TCM Patient Advocate
Austin Outpatient Clinic
Room 2L-116

Dino Wilson
TCM Patient Advocate
Temple VA Medical Center
Bldg 204 Room 6G24


Michelle Morgan
TCM Patient Advocate
Austin Outpatient Clinic
Room 2G-108



Steven Pullin, Jr.
TCM Patient Advocate
Austin Outpatient Clinic
Room 2L-116


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.


Rhonda Moore, LCSW
TCM Case Manager
Temple, Bldg 204, Room 6G25

J. Kristen Bisceglia, LCSW
TCM Case Manager
Temple, Bldg 204, Room 6G24

Suzanne Bozell, LCSW
TCM Case Manager
Temple, Bldg 204, Room 6G27

Brandon Barrera, LCSW
TCM Case Manager
Austin Outpatient Clinic, Room 1F-401

Kelly Burnett, LCSW
TCM Case Manager
Austin Outpatient Clinic, Room 1F-425