Returning Service Members - William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
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William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital


Returning Service Members

The Madison VA Hospital is very grateful to the men and women who risk their lives to fight terrorism in Afghanistan, Iraq and many other places around the world.

If you served at least one day in a combat theater, medical care is provided for five years after your Active Duty Discharge date at no cost for conditions related to combat duty.

We are a care management team devoted to support the returning combat Veteran as he/she enters into our health care system. 

Our team provides the following services: 

1)  Clinical support as newly returning combat Veterans travel through assessment and mutually agreed-upon care plans with the overall goal of assisting the Veteran achieve and maintin his or hier highest level of functioning possible. 

2)  Training and consultation to medical center staff on the unique needs of OEF/OIF/OND combat Veterans as well as resources available to this population. 

3) Outreach activities, often collaborating with other medical center programs and teams, as well as military and community agencies and organizations, in support of returning combat Veterans.

Point of Contact: John White JR, OEF/OIF/OND Program Manager

Program Office: 608-280-7285


Room A46

2500 Overlook Terrace
William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
Madison, WI 53705

All OEF/OIF Veterans are encouraged to enroll in VA Health Care.  A member of the OEF/OIF Team is available to assist you with your transition.

Eligibility Information:

Milda Bridgwater

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.