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Returning Service Members

VAMC Wilkes-Barre is grateful to the  men and women who risk their lives to fight terrorism in Afghanistan, Iraq and many other places around the world.  We can provide priority health care assistance even if you are on active duty or an activated member of the National Guard or Reserve.  Our Post 9/11 Transition and Care Management Team is ready to welcome Post 9/11 Veterans and help coordinate your care. Contact us at  (570) 824-3521 or Toll Free:  1-877-928-2621 x4297.


Sandra Dompkosky 

Sandra Dompkosky,
 Post 9/11 Transition & Care Management
 Program Manager

Karen Berkheiser 

Karen Berkheiser,
 Post 9/11 Transition & Care Management
Case Manager

Rick Matash 

Rick Matash,
 Post 9/11 Transition & Care Management
Case Manager

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.


Sandra Dompkosky, MSN, RN
Program Manager
570-824-3521 Ext. 4297

Karen Berkheiser, BSN, RN
Case Manager
570-824-3521 Ext. 4558

Rick Matash, LCSW
Case Manager
570-824-3521 Ext. 4808