Returning Service Members (OEF/OIF/OND) - VA Sunshine Healthcare Network
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VA Sunshine Healthcare Network


Returning Service Members (OEF/OIF/OND)


Welcome Home Veterans!

Thank You For Your Service.

The VA Sunshine Healthcare Network (VISN 8) is grateful to the men and women who risk their lives in Afghanistan and many other places around the world.

We are honored to serve our nation's military service members and offer a wide range of health care services for returning combat Veterans.

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 VA Medical Center in Florida or the Caribbean

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 Returning Veterans  web page for more information.

Bay Pines | North Florida/South Georgia | Miami | West PalmTampa | OrlandoVA Caribbean 

Read the VISN 8 Transition and Care Management for Returning Combat Veterans Handbook

Cover VISN 8 Transition and Care Management Guide for Returning Combat Veterans

Related Links:

VA Page, Returning Service Members | FDVA Benefits Guide | Eligibility & Enrollment | Request Military Records 

Survivor Benefits | Health Benefits & Services | Benefits Fact Sheets 

Contact VA by Phone:

Benefits: 1-800-827-1000
Education & Training: 1-888-442-4551
Life Insurance: 1-800-669-8477
Health Care: 1-866-606-8216
TDD/TTY: 1-800-829-4833

Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255, Press 1 to talk to someone now; chat online at or send a text message to 838255 to receive free confidential support 24/7