Returning Service Members - Alaska VA Healthcare System
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Alaska VA Healthcare System


Returning Service Members

The Alaska VA Healthcare System is grateful to the men and women who risk their lives to fight terrorism in Afghanistan, Iraq and many other places around the world.

The Transition and Care Management Program is here to meet the needs of Veterans returning from Iraq, Afghanistan or other "hostile fire" areas. Our mission is to assist OEF/OIF/OND Veterans in accessing all aspects of VA care/benefits.

The Transition and Care Management Program can assist you with:

  • Learning to Navigate the VA System
  • Access to VA benefits
  • Enrollment in VA Health Care
  • Assistance with Post-Deployment Readjustment Challenges
  • Community Resources
  • Referral Assistance

Healthcare Eligibility for 5 Years

OEF/OIF/OND Combat Veterans have five years from their date of discharge to receive free VA medical care for any service related conditions. You may be eligible, call 907-257-7432 or toll free 1-888-353-7574, ext 7432.

Contact Information

Transition and Care Management Program Manager:
Faith Baker, LICSW 
Phone: (907) 257-7432
Toll Free: 1-(888) 353-7574, ext. 7432


Transition and Care Management Patient Advocate
Michael Pascale
Phone: (907) 257-7535
Toll free: 1-(888) 353-7574, ext 7435

Alaska VA Healthcare System OEF/OIF Information Poster

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.


Faith Baker, LICSW
Transition and Care Management Program Manager
888-353-7574 x7432

Michael Pascale
Transition and Care Management Patient Advocate
888-353-7574 x7435