Returning service member care
Through the Post 9/11 Military to VA (M2VA) Case Management Program, VA Portland Health Care System provides health care and other benefits to the newest Veterans returning from service, even if you are still on active duty or an activated member of the National Guard or Reserve. Talk to a care coordinator about making use of your health care benefits.
About Post 9/11 Military to VA (M2VA) Case Management Program (M2VA)
M2VA Case Management Program is aimed at providing case management support for all transitioning Post 9/11 Service members, regardless of location or branch of service. Case management is provided by clinical R.N. and social workers. These services include education about our health care system, access and referral to appointments and resources, information about VA and community benefits, and personalized self-management goal development with on-going support.
M2VA Program staff also support Post Deployment Health Clinics across Portland service area. These clinics provide a one-stop-shop, specifically for transitioning service members, which includes case management, mental health and primary care providers.
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.
Care we provide at VA Portland
We can help you access service and benefit programs tailored to the needs of returning service members, including:
- Polytrauma care
- Mental health care
- Family benefits counseling
- Referral assistance
Vet Centers are counseling centers that help Veterans readjust after deployment. The Vet Center in Portland, OR provides counseling for individuals, groups, married couples, and families. They also provide guidance and referrals for other VA and community resources.