If you are a Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom and live near a VISN 8 medical center, please visit the VA nearest you and enroll for health care. You can also enroll on-line at the VA's Eligibility and Enrollment site where you'll find a wealth of information.
When you establish care at your local VA medical center or clinic, you will be teamed up with a Primary Care Provider. That PCP is part of a team that can assist with meeting your post-combat health care needs including services for the following:
- Primary Care
- Dental Care
- Vision Care
- Women's Health Concerns
- Traumatic Injury including Brain & Spinal cord injuries
- Vocational & Physical Rehabilitation
- Behavioral Health Care including post-combat mood changes, anxiety concerns, sleep problems and stress related difficulties (including post traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD)
- Acute and Chronic Pain Management
- Visual and hearing impairment
- Family benefits counseling
- Community resource information
- Alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse
5 years from discharge, free combat related care
Veterans have five years from their date of discharge to receive free health care for any combat-related condition. After the five years, co-payments will depend on whether your illness or injury is determined to be service-connected.
Free Dental Treatment
Combat Veterans may receive one-time dental treatment if they were not provided treatment within 90 days before separation from active duty. They must apply within 180 days of their separation date. The time limit does not apply to Veterans with dental conditions resulting from service-connected wounds or injuries.
Contact Your Nearest VAMC
VISN 8 has designated points of contact for Veterans at each facility to help you with the application process. Go to each healthcare system's OEF/OIF web site for more information.