Returning Service Members - Wilmington VA Medical Center
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Wilmington VA Medical Center


Returning Service Members

Welcome Home and Thank You for your service to our country!

Wilmington VA Medical Center is ready to provide health care and more to our newest Veterans returning from the armed forces. Even if you are still on active duty or an activated member of the National Guard or Reserve, you can receive care and benefits assistance.

Our Transition and Care Management (TCM) Program is tailored to meet the specific health care needs of our newest Veterans.

VA Health Care Eligibility

Honorably discharged Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, including the Reserve and National Guard, who served in OEF, OIF or OND, are eligible for five years of free health care (from the date of separation from active duty) for conditions you believe are related to your military service. This health care is provided regardless of your income or eligibility status.

Free health care refers to all services related to the Veteran's combat experience, even if there is insufficient medical evidence to conclude that such a condition is attributable to such service. Co-payments may be charged for the treatment of non-combat related conditions.

To be eligible for dental care, your DD-214 must be annotated that you did not receive your final dental care while on active duty. You have 180 days from your discharge date to enroll in the VA Healthcare System to receive dental care.

Apply online to enroll in the VA health care system. 

If you are in crisis or in need of immediate assistance, contact the Veteran's Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255, Press 1
or go to the Emergency Department at the Wilmington VAMC located at
1601 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE  19805.

Click here for information concerning the Veterans Crisis Line.


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.