Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital
Returning Service Members
VAMC Bedford is grateful to the men and women who risk their lives to fight terrorism in Afghanistan, Iraq and many other places around the world.
If you have served in Operation Enduring Freedom/ Operation Iraqi Freedom/ Operation New Dawn, please contact us or visit us at our Drop in Center located in Building 9, Room 136 C.
Our returning veterans team is pleased to assist you in your transition home, and connection to VA benefits and services!
New OEF/OIF Veteran Check list
- What should I know and bring my first time at the VA?
- A Quick Reference and Frequently Asked Questions about VA Servcies
- Information from VA for female veterans
- MASS State Veterans Services
- Education Benefits
Reading Materials for Help with Readjustment to Life at Home
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.