Returning Service Members - Kansas City VA Medical Center
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Kansas City VA Medical Center


Returning Service Members

The Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center Soldier standing duty with the American flag.(VAMC) is grateful to the men and women who risk their lives to fight terrorism in Afghanistan, Iraq and many other places around the world.

Kansas City VAMC has developed a special team called the Post 9/11 Transition and Care Management Team. (Formerly Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) Team),  to serve the Veterans who participated in this campaign. Each Veteran initially has 5 years of health care and 180 days to apply for dental care at the VA after discharge or retirement.

Services are provided to all OEF/OIF veterans returning from modern warfare in Iraq, Afghanistan or other sites in support of modern wars. Coordination of care and linkage to care are provided to all veterans who need intense help. Case management is provided to severely injured veterans in need of help managing their treatment. Pre-visit care is provided for severely injured veterans entering the VA from a military treatment facility. Hospital intervention and access to care are monitored by a team of highly skilled professionals. Community outreach is done is support of military unit post deployment screening and demobilization. Immediate care is available on a walk-in basis for OEF/OIF veterans in need of immediate assistance.

Our aim is to assist with the transition of Soldiers from the military into the VAMC for health care and coordination of benefits. We have developed specialized programs, clinics, counseling, and outreach activities to help reintegrate each Soldier back into his or her community.

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.