Returning Service Members - Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System
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Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System


Returning Service Members

OEFOIFlogoTransition and Care Management/Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn (TCM/OEF/OIF/OND)

VA can provide you with health care and benefits assistance if you have served in a recent theater of combat operations.

If you are a recently discharged veteran with service in a theater of combat operations, VA can provide you free medical care for five years from your discharge from active duty for conditions possibly related to your service, regardless of your income status. For more information contact the VA Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System OEF/OIF contacts.

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Transition and Care Management (TCM)/OEF/OIF/OND  Team:

TCM/OEF/OIF/OND Main Office Location:
Bldg. 3, 1A103
400 Veterans Ave.
Biloxi, MS 39531
Fax: 228.523.5169

Gil Carde, LMSW
Mobile Case Manager
Mobile, AL  36604
(251) 219-3726

Kristen Freeman, LCSW
Special Populations
Social Work Supervisor
Joint Ambulatory Care Center
Pensacola, FL 32507
(850) 912-2025

 Estelle (Will) Nail, LMSW
Case Manager
Biloxi, MS 39531


Emily Taylor
Emily Taylor
Transition Patient Advocate
Transition Care Management
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 523.4933 Office
(228) 523-5861 (Fax)



Please call or email our team for general information for OEF/OIF Services

Our goal is to respond to your inquiry within 5 business days. If you are experiencing a medical emergency or in need of immediate crisis counseling, please go to your nearest medical facility Emergency Room or call 911. If you are in need of immediate crisis counseling, please contact VA's suicide hotline at 1-800-273-TALK; counselors are available 24/7 to help.

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.