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Returning Service Members (OIF/OEF/OND)

VA Healthcare – The VA Provides free healthcare for veterans who served in a theater of combat operations after November 11, 1998, for any illness possibly related to their service in that theater.  You can receive free medical care for any condition related to their Post 9/11 Era service for five years after the date of your discharge or release (If discharged from active duty on or after January 28, 2003).

Your comprehensive VA Health Benefits Package includes all the necessary inpatient hospital care and outpatient services to promote, preserve, or restore your health. Determine if you are eligible for VA Healthcare. In order to take advantage of these benefits, you need to enroll in VA's healthcare system. Please don't delay! Visit www.va.gov/healthbenefits/ to enroll today.

180 Day Dental Benefit – Post 9/11 Era veterans may be eligible for one-time dental care; however, you must apply within 180 days of your separation date from active duty. For more information, please see page 2 of the Combat Veterans Fact Sheet.

Find Family Support at Vet Centers – If you have served in ANY combat zone, your local Vet Center can help you and your family with readjustment counseling and outreach services for free. Please visit www.vetcenter.va.gov/ to locate a Vet Center near you.

Do You Want to Go Back to School? – The VA pays benefits to eligible veterans, reservists and active duty service members while they are in an approved education or training program. The Post 9/11 GI Bill could be for you!  If you are a service-connected disabled veteran, your dependents may be eligible for the California College Fee Waiver.

Are You Looking for a Good Job? — Take advantage of the variety of resources that can help you land one. If you're looking for employment, check out our Employment Services page.

What Else Can the VA Do For You?

The VA offers a variety of other services and benefits to veterans and their family members such as:

  • Home Loans
  • Housing
  • Life Insurance
  • Compensation & Pension
  • Women's Health
  • Prosthetics & Sensory Aids
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • And more!

Visit the VA's website to see what you may be eligible for.

Mental Health

TBI and PTSD have been called the signature wound of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan due to the frequent and powerful blasts experienced in the field; an injury not commonly seen before. The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Mental Health Strategic Healthcare Group provides general inpatient psychiatric services at 132 medical centers as well as mental health outpatient services in 689 medical centers and community-based outpatient clinics. In addition, readjustment counseling services are available for veterans and their families at 209 Vet Centers across the nation.

Mental health services are available in primary care clinics, VA nursing homes, and residential care facilities where veterans receive health care. Veterans with a serious mental illness are seen at facilities and clinics where specialized programs, such as mental health intensive case management, day centers, work programs and psychosocial rehabilitation are provided.

The mental health website can be accessed at www.mentalhealth.va.gov/. Information specific to PTSD can be found at: www.ptsd.va.gov/.  Also, see our Mental Health page.

County Veterans Service Offices (CVSO)

It is the intent of CVSOs that every veteran residing in California receives the benefits and services to which they are entitled by law and moral obligation. Visit the CVSO website or call (877) 741-8532 to locate your CVSO today.

 

 

 

 

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Returning Service Members (OIF/OEF/OND)