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Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System


Returning Service Members

Have you recently returned from military service? If you've served, you've earned benefits. Now
is the time to take advantage of the benefits VA offers Post-9/11 Veterans. Please do so NOW!  

5 years of cost free health care.
If you are a discharged Post-9/11 Veteran, VA can provide you with medical care for conditions you believe are related to your military service, regardless of your income or eligibility status, provided you register/enroll for that care within 5 years of your date of discharge. During this 5-year window, your care for anything possibly related to your combat duties may be free of charge. For all other care you may incur a small copayment for your visits.  If you decide to register/enroll after the 5-year window of opportunity, your eligibility for care will depend on other criteria (to include your income level). Please call the point of contact listed below as soon as you are discharged.

Combat service Veterans
who served after the Gulf War or against a hostile force after November 11, 1998, qualify and are eligible for hospital care, medical services and nursing home care for 5 years after discharge from the military.

180 day dental benefit — Post-9/11 combat Veterans may be eligible for one-time dental care — but you must apply with 180 days of your separation date from active duty.  More info: Combat Veterans Fact Sheet.

Are You Looking for a good job? — Take advantage of the variety of resources that can help you land one.Want to work at VA? VA's Veterans Employment Coordination Service recruits Veterans. Email or call 866-606-6206 to get in touch with a regional Veteran employment coordinator in your area.

Special Eligibility and Coordination of Care for Combat Veterans Serving in Combat Theater After 11/11/1998- Returning Servicemembers (OEF/OIF/OND)

VA is ready to provide health care and other medical services to our nation's returning OEF/OIF/OND Servicemembers. The Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System has a team ready to welcome OEF/OIF/OND Servicemembers and to help coordinate their care. 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.