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Returning Service Members Enhanced Eligibility for Healthcare Benefits

Through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans who served in a theater of combat operations after November 11, 1998, are eligible for an extended period of eligibility for healthcare for 5 years post discharge.

Combat Veterans who were discharged or released from active service on or after January 28, 2003, are eligible to enroll in the VA healthcare system for 5 years from the date of discharge or release.

Veterans who qualify under this special eligibility are not subject to copays for conditions potentially related to their combat service. However, unless otherwise exempted, combat Veterans must either disclose their prior year gross household income OR decline to provide their financial information and agree to make applicable copays for care or services VA determines are clearly unrelated to their military service.

For additional information and to apply, visit the VA Health Benefits for Returning Service Members website at: http://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/apply/returning_servicemembers.asp

Additional Assistance:

If you would like to learn more about the benefits and services you may be eligible for as a Veteran, servicemember, or as a family member of a Veteran or servicemember, please call the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs Help Line at 1.888.838.7697 (VETSNYS), where you may also schedule an appointment with one of our Veterans Benefits Advisors.

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