Returning Service Members - Lexington VA Health Care System
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Lexington VA Health Care System


Returning Service Members

Welcome home and welcome to the Lexington VA Medical Center! Whether you are still on active duty, in the Guard or Reserves, or have already been discharged, our OEF/OIF staff will assist you with your application for VA benefits.

The OEF/OIF Program Office is located at the Cooper Division, Room 113, which is adjacent to the main lobby area and the Coffee House. Our office telephone number is 859-281-4982.

Our OEF/OIF staff work together to ensure a seamless transition into the VA healthcare system through efficient and quality case management. Important benefits include:

  • Health Care Eligibility for 5 years.
  • Dental Benefits (within 180 days)
  • OEF/OIF Program
  • Primary Care
  • Prescription Benefits
  • Speciality Care

Additional Benefits: You may be eligible for additional, non health-related benefits such as financial benefits, home loans, vocational rehabilitation, education (Post 9-11 GI Bill), and more.

A returning Service Member hugs a loved one upon his return.Marriage and Family Therapy is also available for OEF/OIF veterans and their family members through our OEF/OIF Program. Therapy is provided by a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Confidential appointments (50 minutes) are available Monday through Thursday, by calling the OEF/OIF Program Office. Evening appointments are also available. Referrals are accepted though not required. While couples and individuals do not need referrals for relationship counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy is by appointment only.

Welcome home and thank you for your service to our country. Now it’s our turn to serve you.

To find our more about the Lexington OEF/OIF Program please call us at 859-281-4982 or visit us at the Bowling Campus. Room 113.

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.