Charles George VA Medical Center - Asheville, NC
Returning Service Members
Transition and Care Management (TCM) Program
The Asheville VAMC TCM Program works exclusively with Veterans who served on active duty after September 1, 2001. Our TCM Care Management Team serves as the primary point of contact for any issues related to access to care and provides ongoing care management services as needed. We help to ensure a smooth transition of health care services for all returning service members and Veterans. The TCM Care Management Team also provides case management and care coordination for all severely ill, injured and impaired combat Veterans, including those suffering from:
- Mental illness
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Terminal Illness/Injury
- Other conditions not mentioned above that cause significant impairment to daily living
For more information, please contact our TCM Care Management Team at (828) 298-7911 Ext. 5554.
To file a disability claim or to get more information about other VA benefits, please call: 1-800-827-1000.
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.