Returning Service Members - Northport VA Medical Center
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Northport VA Medical Center


Returning Service Members

Welcome Home! We Appreciate Your Service!
We value your service during Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn (OEF/OIF/OND). We understand and appreciate your sacrifice and the sacrifice of your families who also serve. Now it's our turn to serve YOU!

You have 5 years from your date of discharge to receive free health care for any condition that may be related to combat service. Whether or not you choose to use VA health care after separation, you must enroll with VA within 5 years to get health care benefits later on. After the 5 years, a co-payment status will depend on whether your illness or injury is found to be service-connected. Enroll by using one of the following methods:

If you have served in Operations Enduring & Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF/OND), please contact us in any of the following ways:

By Phone: Call Readjustment Services at 1-800-444-0001.
In Person: Go to Centralized Check-In in the main building.

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.


Vanessa Brown, RN, BSN
Program Manager
631-261-4400 Ext. 2173

Kathy Washburn
Transitional Patient Advocate
631-261-4400 Ext. 5273

Risa M. Goldstein, Psy.D.
VISN3 Women Veteran & Returning Veteran Program Manager