News Item from Aug. 2008 issue of VFW Magazine. Page 14
VFW's Washington Office, By Tim Dyhouse
VA's Feb. 26 announcement of Five Years of free care for Iraq and Afghanistan Vets has been clarified. At issue was VA's notice that "most conditions" would be covered.
"Ccopays may apply if a physician finds clear evidence the condition is of recent civilian-life origin - such as wounds from a recent accident - and the Veteran does not meet other copay waivers, such as low income," according to a
The spokesman noted that "if there is any room for doubt," the presumption is that the condition is not civilian-or life-related and the Iraq or Afghanistan War Veteran is entitled to free care.
"So all other-than-dishonorably seperated Iraq/Afghanistan Veterans are eligible for five years after discharge and five years of free medical care for most conditions," the spokesman explained.
The five-year window is also open to activated members of the Reserve and National Guard if they served in a theater of combat operations after Nov. 11, 1998, and were discharged under other than dishonorable conditions.