If you served on active duty in a theater of combat operations after November 11, 1998, you may be eligible for an extended period of free VA health care benefits.
How to Apply
Once your application for enrollment in VA health care system is processed, VA will send you a letter informing you of your enrollment Priority Group assignment, copay status and whether you were enrolled.
Please do NOT postpone applying for VA health services.
If you wait to enroll until after you’ve been out of the military more than five years, your eligibility for enrollment and health services is the same as for other Veterans, and you may be charged a co-pay.
It’s especially important for most of you to apply before your enhanced enrollment eligibility period expires.
Note - Veterans who do not have a special eligibility factor, such as Purple Heart medal, or were discharged due to a disability, are not affected.
Meet your local OEF/OIF Program Manager
We encourage you to call your local VA Hospital and meet your OEF/OIF Program Manager. They can assist you in setting up your first appointment for health care and dental services.
Veterans Crisis Line:
1-800-273-8255 (Press 1)
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs | 810 Vermont Avenue, NW Washington DC 20420
Last updated December 24, 2013