Returning Service Members - VA NY Harbor Healthcare System
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VA NY Harbor Healthcare System


Returning Service Members

Post 9/11 Military to VA Case Management (M2VA)

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 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 - Margaret Cochran Corbin Campus (Manhattan)
  • 718-630-2833 - Brooklyn Campus

DoD/Tricare Coordinator
Donna Witt
718-836-6600 x4072
Brooklyn Campus

Ask In Person: Go to Centralized Check-in in the main building at the Margaret Cochran Corbin Campus (Manhattan), Brooklyn Campus or St. Albans Community Living Center.

Programs Offered

5 Years of Enhanced 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


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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.


Richard Pinard, LCSW-R
Program Manager
Margaret Cochran Corbin Campus (Manhattan)

Mark Schonfeld, LMSW
Poly-Trauma Case Manager
Margaret Cochran Corbin Campus (Manhattan)
212-686-7500 Ext. 7146

Dennis Farley
Outpatient Clinic Manager
St. Albans Community Living Center

Dawn R. Smith
VISN 2 Post 9/11 M2VA POC