Returning Service Members - VA Caribbean Healthcare System
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VA Caribbean Healthcare System


Returning Service Members

Welcome Home! Thanks for your service!

The VA Caribbean Healthcare System (VACHS) appreciates your commitment and service during the Operations Enduring, Iraqi Freedom and/or New Dawn (OEF/OIF/OND).  We acknowledge the sacrifice you and your family made to secure our values. We are truly grateful for your service and your great contribution will not be forgotten.  The OEF/OIF/OND Transition team Welcomes You home and is here to help you navigate through our VA system.
Our OEF/OIF/OND Transition program provides assistance and case management services to returning veterans to assure that the care and services provided to our newest veterans are coordinated, integrated, monitored and tracked.

VA provides enhanced enrollment opportunity and five years of cost-free health care to veterans who served in a theater of combat operations, for any injury or illness associated with this service
We encourage you to enroll for VA health care now whether you need health care services or not. VA clinicians are especially trained to evaluate combat-related illness or injuries and health concerns.
Applying for enrollment is as easy as completing VA form 1010-EZ, Application for Health benefits at any of our facilities, via internet ( ) or at any of our outreach events.

For more information, assistance or if you have any questions about our health benefits please contact or visit us.  787 641-7582 ext 111369,111368,111373.

Combat Veterans Eligibility for VA Health Care Benefits has been Extended!

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Also Military service members can receive expedited processing of disability claims from Social Security. Benefits available through Social Security are different than those from the Department of Veterans Affairs and require a separate application.

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.


Mary Cervera
Transition Program Manager
787-641-7582 Ext. 111369

Pedro Torres-Melendez, MSW
Social Worker Case Manager
787-641-7582 Ext. 111368

Luis Lama-Rivera, RN
RN/Case Manager
787-641-7582 Ext. 111373

Grace Cruz-Lamboy
Transition Patient Advocate
787-641-7582 Ext. 111369