VA Puget Sound Health Care System
Returning Service Members
VA Puget Sound is 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 have served in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom, please contact us in any of the following ways —
Please call us at (253) 583-1165 for both Seattle and American Lake Divisions
The Deployment Health Clinic can be found at:
Building 1, First Floor near the sky bridge
Building 81, 3rd Floor
Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom Coordinator:
We have special coordinators to assist your transition to VA Puget Sound. Please contact our Transition and Care Managment team at (253) 683-1165.
Special Eligibility and Coordination of Care for Combat Veterans Serving in Combat Theater After 11/11/1998- Returning Servicemembers (OEF/OIF/OND)
VA is ready to provide health care and other medical services to our nation's returning OEF/OIF/OND Servicemembers. The VA Puget Sound Health Care System has a team ready to welcome OEF/OIF/OND Servicemembers and to help coordinate their care. 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.