Returning Active Duty, National Guard, Reservists of OEF/OIF
The VA offers a variety of services to veterans returning from military service.
Here are just a few of those programs with links for more information.
5 years of cost free health care – OEF/OIF combat Veterans can qualify for free medical care for any condition related to their service in Iraq/Afghanistan for five years after the date of discharge or release.
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180 day dental benefit – OEF/OIF combat veterans may be eligible for one-time dental care. Veteran must apply within 180 days from date of separation from active duty.
Education - Learn more about the programs by following one of the links.
Find a School
Post 9/11 GI Bill
Employment - Check out the following links to learn more about employment opportunites.
Find a Job
Some additional useful links.
VA Fact Sheets/Brochures
Gulf War Syndrome Update. Department of Defense has just released "Gulf War and Health: Volume 5, Infectious Deseases", identifying nine diseases and 34 long-term health effects that may appear weeks to years after initial infection. This report can be ordered or read online at National Academies Press.
Gulf War Syndrome
VA Health Care Eligibility for Veterans who Served in Combat Theaters. Department of Veterans Affairs implemented policies and procedures providing for 2 years - beginning from date of release from active duty - free health care services and nursing home care for veterans who served in certain combat locations during their active military service.
Who is eligible? Veterans who served on active duty in a theater of combat operations during a period of war after the Gulf War or in combat against hostile forces during a period of "hostilities" after November 11, 1998, and have been discharged under other than dishonorable conditions. Hostilities is a conflict in which the service member is faced with danger comparable to that experienced in combat during war.
Are National Guard and Reserve members eligible? Yes, if members were ordered to active duty by a federal declaration, served the full period for which they were ordered to active duty and have separated from active military service under other than dishonorable conditions.
Bring your DD214 or NGB22 to: Omaha VA Medical Center
4101 Woolworth Ave
Omaha, NE 68105
Phone: 402-346-8800, ext 3240
Veteran's Special Issue Help Line: 1-800-749-8387, for information regarding
Gulf War Syndrome, Agent Orange, Project Shad,
Mustard Gas and Lewisite