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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!

 

 

Bedford VAMC OEF/OIF Team Brochure 

New OEF/OIF Veteran Check list

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)

VA is ready to provide health care and other medical services to our nation's returning OEF/OIF/OND Servicemembers. The Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital 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.

Contact

Elizabeth Price LICSW
Program Manager
Building 9 Room 132
781-687-3067
Elizabeth.Price3@va.gov

Bharat Shippen-How LICSW
Case Manager
Building 9 Room 134
781-687-2954
Bharat.Shippen-How@va.gov

Jay Smith LICSW
Case Manager
Building 9 Room 133
781-687-3302
Jay.Smith3@va.gov

Wilfredo Melendez, MSW
Transition Patient Advocate
617-272-6514
Wilfredo.Melendez@va.gov

Alex R. Whitelaw
Peer Support Specialist (OIF Marine Ret.)
Peer Services Center, Building 80, Room 103B
781-879-6561 Ext. 781-687-2206
Alexander.Whitelaw@va.gov