Returning Service Members - Tennessee Valley Healthcare System
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Returning Service Members

Welcome Home and Job Well Done!

On behalf of the employees and volunteers at the Tennessee Valley Health Care System, thank you for the service you have given our country. Now that you are home, you are probably trying to decide what your next steps will be. Whether those steps bring you to school, to work or to settling into a new home, we encourage you to use the VA services along the way.
In just one visit you will be able to see what our doctors, social service providers and caring staff can do for you. It would be our honor to serve you. We hope to see you soon.

It is very important to note that you have five years from your date of discharge to receive free health care for any condition that may be related to combat service. After the five years, access to VA health care services may depend on military history factors, and/or household income. Co-payment status may depend on whether your illness or injury is found to be service connected.

The Tennessee Valley Healthcare System has several Returning Service Member Transition teams. Each major campus has one, as well as three of our regional Outpatient clinics. The links below show the staff on each team, their role, and their contact information.

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.