Returning Service Members - Boise VA Medical Center
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Boise VA Medical Center


Returning Service Members

The Boise VA Medical Center is grateful to the men and women who have served in the War on Terrorism in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the globe.  If you have served, you have earned benefits.  Now is the time to take advantage of the benefits the VA offers to OEF/OIF/OND veterans.
For more information about the benefits available to you as an Idaho and Eastern Oregon OEF/OIF/OND veteran, please click here.

You do not need to have served in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation New Dawn to receive these same benefits!  Any veteran who has served in a designated ‘combat zone’ from November 11, 1998 to the present is also eligible.  The quick definition of ‘combat zone’ is (any area where you received tax exemption military pay from 11/1998 until now is considered a combat zone).

You are also strongly encouraged to contact the Boise VA Medical Center and enroll for health care as soon as possible.  You may contact the Boise VA Medical Center in any of the following ways:

Please call 208-422-1000 ex. 1016 to ask about getting signed up (enrolled) for VA health care and for questions about what benefits/services are available to you as an OEF/OIF/OND veteran.
In Person Visit:

Please come to the Business Office at the Boise VA Medical Center between 8:00am – 4:00pm with a copy of your DD-214 (member 4). The Business Office is located just inside the main outpatient entrance in building 85A at 500 W. Fort Street, Boise, Idaho 83702.

Fax: You can also fax your DD-214 (member 4) and Form 1010EZ (Application for Health Benefits) to the Boise VA Medical Center, Business Office at 208-422-1230.

Enrolling for VA health services will automatically set you up with a Primary Care Provider (doctor) and an appointment.  If you are considered a combat veteran you will be screened by the Post Combat Care Clinic. These are consecutive appointments that start with a Social Worker to assess your needs for resources and possible case management.  Next you will see a Psychologist and assessed for mental or behavioral health needs.  You will then see a Primary Care physician that is versed in the overall scope of your care at the VA.  This team will screen you for possible head injuries, stress and other combat related issues so that the Boise VA Medical Center can align you with the best services available.

Recently returning service members also have their own specific point of contact at the Boise VA Medical Center to help you answer questions and navigate you to the many benefits you have earned.  Your point of contact at the Boise VA Medical Center is Sue Hicks.
Sue Hicks can be reached at:
Office: 208-422-1000 ex. 1016

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.