Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center
Returning Service Members
We are honored to welcome veterans and service members who have recently returned from serving in the military.
We would like you to be aware of the many services and benefits that are available now that you are a returning veteran. The VA provides combat veterans with free health care for conditions potentially related to their combat service for up to five years following their separation from active duty.
Your FHCC Transition and Care Management Program Staff, formerly (Operation Enduring Freedom [OEF], Operation Iraqi Freedom [OIF] and Operation New Dawn [OND] Program representatives):
Kristina Lecce, LCSW
Transition Patient Advocate
Building 135/Room A56
Nancy Gallagher, MSW, LCSW
Senior Clinical Case Manager
Bldg. 135/Room A50
Emily Squier, MA, LCSW
TBI/Polytrauma Case Manager
Bldg. 135/Room A54
Justin Padaoan, LCSW
Clinical Case Manager
Bldg. 135/Room A52
Carrie Clarke, LCSW
Clinical Case Manager
Monday and Friday
Bldg. 135/Room A55
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.