VA NY Harbor Health Care System
Returning Service Members
New York City Area Veterans Returning from Military Service: If you've served, you've earned benefits. Now is the time to take advantage of the benefits VA offers OEF/OIF/OND Veterans! We value your service and sacrifice and the sacrifice of your families who also serve. Now it's our turn to serve YOU!
If you have questions, please call
- 212-951-6838 - Manhattan Campus
- 718-630-2833 - Brooklyn Campus
Ask In Person: Go to Centralized Check-in in the main building at the Manhattan Campus, Brooklyn Campus or St. Albans Community Living Center.
5 Years of Cost Free Health Care — OEF/OIF/OND combat Veterans can receive cost free medical care for any condition related to their service in the Iraq/Afghanistan theater for five years after the date of their discharge or release. In order to take advantage of these benefits, OEF/OIF/OND Vets need to enroll in VA's health care system.
How to Enroll
- In person: At any VA Medical Center or VA Community Based Clinic, or
- Online: Complete and submit the 10-10EZ online enrollment form, or
- Mail or Fax: Send or FAX the completed 1—10EZ form to the nearest Medical Center or Clinic. Don't delay!
Do You Want to Go Back to School?
VA pays benefits to eligible Veterans, reservists and active duty service members while they are in an approved education or training program. The new Post 9/11 GI Bill could be for you!
Are you Already Back in School?
The VITAL Initiative is piloting on several local college campuses and support for student veterans is offered throughout the 5 boroughs. We’re here to help you maximize your strengths, skills and life experiences as you develop and translate your interests and talents into the academic setting. VITAL Initiative Coordinator, Yvette Branson, can be reached at 646-772-6087 or visit our web page.
Are You Looking for a Good Job?
Take advantage of the variety of resources that can help you land one. Want to work at VA? VA's Veteran Employment Services Office (VESO) recruits Veterans. Email or call 866-606-6206 to get in touch with a Regional Veteran Employment Coordinator in your area. If you're looking for federal employment in another agency, check out the agency contact list. Each agency has a Veteran employment program office dedicated to helping you. Look for jobs at VA Careers and VetSuccess, two of many websites that can help in your search.
180 Day Dental Benefit
OEF/OIF/OND combat Veterans may be eligible for one-time dental care — but you must apply with 180 days of your separation date from active duty. More info: Combat Veterans Fact Sheet
Find Family Support at Vet Centers
If you have served in ANY combat zone, local Vet Centers can help you and your family with readjustment counseling and outreach services — for free.
Women Veterans – For specialized women's health
- Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP)
The Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 provides seamless transition for Servicemembers, expands education and training opportunities for Veterans and provides tax credits for employers who hire Veterans with service-connected disabilities.
- VA Announces Use of Standard Payment Rates for Some Non-VA Care
VA has begun using Medicare's standard payment rates for certain medical procedures performed by non-VA providers.
Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL) is VA's approach to reaching out to student Veterans to help facilitate the transition from soldier to student. VITAL Coordinator Yvette Branson, Ph.D, meets student Veterans at CUNY's Baruch College and she will soon be at Fordham University and other colleges in NYC. "So if you are a Veteran and a college student and you see a table with VITAL materials, come over and introduce yourself," she said. More...
Ric Pinard, a LCSW who has specialized in mental health issues at VA's Manhattan campus since 2004, has recently taken the helm as the new OIF/OEF/OND Program Coordinator. He has succeeded Robert Greene. Given Pinard's background in mental health and chaplaincy, Pinard's focus will have a compassionate, clinical, therapeutic tone. More...
Krzysztof Choromanski grew up in Poland, and moved to live with his father in New York City in 2001— arriving one month after 9/11. More...
There's no slowing down Christopher Melendez. A gunner when his Humvee was hit in Sadr City, East Baghdad, "I never lost consciousness. I knew More...
After serving as a Psych-Ops Sergeant with the 82nd Airborne for 15 months in Afghanistan, Morgan Cooley did not expect what happened when she returned home. More...
Looking forward to holding her son in her arms, Navy Veteran Ashley Chadwell is working on handling being pregnant & having major depression. More...
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 NY Harbor 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.