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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.

Useful Links

https://veteran.mobilehealth.va.gov/AHBurnPitRegistry
http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/index.asp
http://www.warrelatedillness.va.gov/


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

Larry Parker
Larry Parker, RN, BSN, MBA
Program Manager
228.523.4787 (office)
228.243.7916 (cell)
Lawrence.parker2@va.gov

Kevin Willet
 Kevin Willet
Program Support Assistant
228-523-5840
Kevin.Willett@va.gov


Gilbert Carde, LCSW
Mobile Case Manager
Mobile, AL  36604
(251) 219-3726
Gilbert.Carde@va.gov


Kristen Freeman, LCSW
Florida Case Manager
Joint Ambulatory Care Center
Pensacola, FL 32507
(850) 912-2025
Kristen.Freeman@va.gov

Tammy Washburn
Tammy Washburn
Transition Patient Advocate
Transition Care Management
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 523.4933 Office
(228) 523-5861 (Fax)
Tammy.Washburn2@va.gov

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

Warning!
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)

VA is ready to provide health care and other medical services to our nation's returning OEF/OIF/OND Servicemembers. The Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System has a team ready to welcome OEF/OIF/OND Servicemembers and to help coordinate their care. 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.