DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

March 13, 2014

Open house available to veterans


Derry News

---- — MANCHESTER — On Monday, March 24, from 8:30 to 11 a.m., there will be an Open House Event for new enrollments into VA Health Care.

The event will be held at the Manchester VAMC, 718 Smyth Road, Manchester, in the Training and Education Conference Room on the first floor for veterans who served in Vietnam between Jan. 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975 or veterans who served in the Southwest Asia theater of operations between Aug. 2, 1990 through Nov. 11, 1998.

Veterans who served in Vietnam or the Blue Waters area of operations during the Vietnam War and veterans who served in the Persian Gulf War cannot be rejected for enrollment, and are entitled to be seen and treated at any VA Medical Center free of charge for all their needs under their Uniform Benefit Package. In some instances, there may be a small prescription copayment for conditions not related to Agent Orange exposure, environmental contaminants exposure or a service related injury.

Combat veterans who were discharged or released from active service on or after Jan. 28, 2003, are eligible to enroll in the VA health-care system for five years from the date of discharge or release. Veterans who qualify under this special eligibility are not subject to copays for conditions potentially related to their combat service. However, unless otherwise exempted, combat veterans must either disclose their prior year gross household income or decline to provide their financial information and agree to make applicable copays for care or services VA determines are clearly unrelated to their military service.

Any veteran enrolled in any of VA’s programs to include, Veterans Health Care Program, Civilian Health and Medical Program, and the Spina Bifida Health Care Program, have coverage under the standards of the health care law. If you think you meet the eligibility criteria outlined above, the Affordable Healthcare Act is another reason to enroll for VA Medical Care.

During the Open House, veterans will receive assistance with enrollment for VA Health Care. A representative from Veterans Benefits Affairs will also be available to help answer any benefit questions you might have. Free blood pressure screenings will be offered and general health and wellness information will be available.

Female veterans are encouraged to attend to find out what services the Manchester VA currently offers them. Bring your DD214 and a government ID. Call Stella M. Lareau, Public Affairs Officer, at 624-4366, Ext. 6779, with questions.