Returning Service Members - VA Northern Indiana Health Care System
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VA Northern Indiana Health Care System


Returning Service Members


The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has collaborated with the Department of Defense (DoD) to seamlessly transition the health care of all newly discharged service members, including veterans returning from Operations Enduring Freedom,Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.  We are honored to deliver your health care, provide information about VA benefits and services and to assist with your transition to civilian life.

VA Northern Indiana Health Care System' Transition and Care Management (TCM) Program (also referred unofficially as the Returning Service Member Program) has a point of contact/Program Manager, four Lead Care Coordiantors, a Transitional Patient Advocate, a TBI/Polytrauma Coordinator and an Outreach Coordinator to assist you:
The Point of Contact (POC)/Program Manager for our TCM/Returning Service Members Program is Victoria Sprague, LCSW.

The TCM/Returning Service Members Program Outreach Coordinator is Ms. Marita Gallaway, LCSW.

The TCM/Returning Service Members TBI/Polytrauma Coordinator is William M. Miller, MSW, LCSW.

The TCM/Retuning Service Members Program Lead Care Coordinators are Ellen Daniels, LCSW, Heidi Kauffmann, LCSW, Lori Garrett, RN, MSN and Lettie Gray, LCSW, LCAC.

The TCM/Returning Service Members Program Patient Advocate (TPA) is Mr. Marshall Phillips 

The TCM/Returning Service Members Program Support Assistants (Social Work Service PSAs) for Marion campus is Timothy Beaty and Justin Raymer for Ft. Wayne.

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.