1.4. Enhanced Health Care for Combat Veterans
"Combat Veterans" are defined as:
- Veterans, including activated Reservists and members of the National Guard, who served on active duty in a theater of combat operations after November 11, 1998, and
- Have been discharged under other than dishonorable conditions
"Combat Veterans" are assigned to Priority Group 6, unless eligible for enrollment in a higher priority group, for a period of five years after discharge. During this time, VA provides cost-free (no VA copayments) health care services and nursing home care for conditions potentially related to service in the theater of operations.
Sometime during the 5 year period of cost-free care, Veterans need to enroll in the VA Health Care System using the VA Form 10-10EZ. Enrollment during the 5 years of cost-free care, maintains the Veterans enrollment status in the VA Health Care System when the 5 year period ends. At that time, VA will reassess the Veteran's eligibility and make a new enrollment priority group determination.