Returning Service Members: Enhanced Eligibility for VA Health Care
If you served in a theater of combat operations after November 11, 1998, and were discharged on or after January 28, 2003, you have special eligibility to enroll in the VA health care system for 5 years from your date of discharge or release.
You can receive cost-free medical care for any condition related to your service in theater and access to VA’s full Medical Benefits Package.
The 5-year eligibility period begins on your discharge or separation date from active duty military service, or in the case of multiple call-ups, the most recent discharge date. National Guard and Reserve personnel who were activated and served in a theater of combat operations after November 11, 1998 may also be eligible for enhanced health care benefits.