Returning Service Member Care
VA Providence Healthcare 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.
Connect with a Post 9/11 M2VA Case Program Manager
Care we provide at VA Providence health care
We can help you access service and benefit programs tailored to the needs of returning service members:
Special Eligibility & Coordination of Care for Combat Veterans Serving in Combat Theater After 11/11/1998 - Returning Service member (OEF/OIF/OND)
- Transitional Assistance
- Case Management
- Outreach Services
For more information about the various programs available for recent returning service members, log on to the Returning Service members 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 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.
Vet Centers are counseling centers that help Veterans readjust after deployment. The Vet Centers in Hyannis, Fairhaven, and Warwick provide counseling for individuals, groups, married couples, and families. They also provide guidance and referrals for other VA and community resources.