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Sioux Falls VA Health Care System


Returning Service Members

The Sioux Falls VA Health Care System is grateful to the men and women who risk their lives to defend the U.S. Constitution in such places as Afghanistan, Iraq and many other places around the world.  

The Sioux Falls VA Health Care System employs individuals working with and for returning Post 9/11 Veterans. Under the direction of the Returning Service Members Transition Program operated by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, this program helps ensure returning OEF/OIF/OND veterans receive the best care, the first time at the Sioux Falls, VA Medical Center.

You may contact our Post 9/11 staff at: 1-605-336-3230 Extension 7732    

OEF/OIF/OND Program Manager

Caregiver Support Coordinator/ Polytrauma Care Manager

Heather Berard 1-605-336-3230 Extension 7720

Suicide Prevention Coordinator

Janell Christenson 1-605-336-3230 Extension 6890

Special Eligibility and Coordination of Care for Combat Veterans Serving in Combat Theater After 11/11/1998- Returning Servicemembers (OEF/OIF/OND)

VA is ready to provide health care and other medical services to our nation's returning OEF/OIF/OND Servicemembers. The Sioux Falls VA Health Care System has a team ready to welcome OEF/OIF/OND Servicemembers and to help coordinate their care. 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.