Returning Service Members - VA Boston Healthcare System
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VA Boston Healthcare System


Returning Service Members

Welcome home!

We value your service and sacrifice to your country.

Boston VA Healthcare System is committed to providing the high quality healthcare and benefits that our returning troops of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) need and deserve.

To enroll in VA Healthcare

• Visit your nearest VA Medical Center or Community Based Outpatient clinic.
• Fill out the 10-10EZ application online or in person.
• Please bring a copy of your DD214 (member 4) with you when you first visit us.

It is very important to note that you have five years from your discharge date to receive free healthcare for any condition that may be related to your deployment. After the five-year window, a co-payment may apply, based on your income and if the condition is found to be service-connected.

How we can help

We have an OEF/OIF/OND Transition and Care Management Program to work with returning service members and veterans.

If you have served in Operations Enduring Freedom and/or Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF), please contact us.

Someone is available to assist you during regular business hours at 1-800-865-3384 ext. 46780 (or direct line 1-857-364-6780).

Meet the Team:

 Mel Tapper, Ph.D., LICSW, OEF/OIF Program Manager  Jeremiah Elsinger, Transition Care Management Program  Wilfredo Melendez  MSW,  SOCIAL WORK/ Transition Advocate  
 Mel Tapper, Ph.D., LICSW, OEF/OIF Program Manager Jeremiah Elsinger, Transition Care Management Program  Wilfredo Melendez  MSW, SOCIAL WORK/ Transition Advocate   
 Mary Rovaris, RN Case Manager  Wendy McDonald, LICSW, Transition Care Management Program    
Mary Rovaris, RN Case Manager Wendy McDonald, LICSW, Transition Care Management Program    

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.


Mel Tapper, Ph.D., LICSW
OEF/OIF Program Manager
800-865-3384 Ext. 46780

Paul Moitoso
Deputy Program Manager

Mary Rovaris
Nurse Case Manager

Melanie Nott, MSW & Wendy McDonald, LICSW
Case Manager

Wilfredo Melendez MSW
Case Manager and Transition Patient Advocate