Combat Veteran Health Care Benefits Available

Returning Servicemembers (OEF/OIF/OND) are Eligible for Health Care Benefits Under the “Combat Veteran” Authority through the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Veterans who served in a theater of combat operations after November 11, 1998 are eligible for an extended period of eligibility for health care for 5 years post discharge.

Under the "Combat Veteran" authority, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides health care services and community living care for any condition possibly related to the Veteran’s service in the theater of operations and enrollment in Priority Group 6, unless eligible for enrollment in a higher priority group to:


  • Combat Veterans who were discharged or released from active service on or after January 28, 2003, are eligible to enroll in the VA health care system for 5 years from the date of discharge or release.


  • The 5-year enrollment period 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.

For more information regarding this valuable benefit please go to can also call the VA toll-free at 877-222-VETS (8387).