Enhanced VA Healthcare Enrollment Opportunity Closing for Certain Veterans

Eric K. Shinseki

Combat veterans who were discharged from active duty service before Jan. 28, 2003, have until Jan. 27, 2011 to take advantage of enhanced healthcare enrollment opportunities through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 gives combat veterans who served after Nov. 11, 1998, but separated from service before Jan. 28, 2003, and did not enroll before Jan. 28, 2008, three years, beginning Jan. 28, 2008, to apply for the enhanced enrollment opportunity.

“While there is no time limit for veterans to apply for the VA healthcare they earned with their service, I highly encourage this group of combat veterans to take advantage of the enhanced enrollment window to use their healthcare benefits through this simplified process,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “VA has healthcare eligibility specialists online and at every medical center eager to help veterans take advantage of this opportunity.”

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, the law does continue to provide the enhanced healthcare enrollment window to combat veterans who were discharged or released from active service on or after Jan. 28, 2003. For these veterans, the five-year enrollment period 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.

Veterans can apply for enrollment online at www.1010ez.med.va.gov/sec/vha/1010ez or by contacting VA at 1-877-222-VETS (8387).

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