Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn


Since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, brave Americans have heroically sought to preserve and defend democracy and freedom around the world in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and Operation New Dawn (OND).  House Republicans recognize the service and sacrifices of America’s newest generation of veteran heroes and have sought to ensure they return home to a grateful nation and an efficient, effective Department of Veterans Affairs.  


Well over 1 million servicemembers have left active duty and become eligible for VA healthcare since 2002. Combat veterans are eligible to enroll in the VA health care system, notwithstanding service-connection, for five years following separation from service.  House Republicans encourage all OEF/OIF/OND veterans to enroll in the VA health care system to receive comprehensive, high quality medical care and services. For more information or to see if you are eligible for enhanced eligibility enrollment, please visit http://www4.va.gov/healtheligibility/library/pubs/combatvet/CombatVet.pdf or contact your local VA facility.

VA also offers cost-free readjustment counseling to veterans and their loved ones at VA Vet Centers. For more information or to find the Vet Center nearest you, please visit http://www.vetcenter.va.gov/.


In addition to healthcare, a variety of other benefits and services are available to veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. For information about education benefits and the Post 9/11 GI Bill please visit http://www.gibill.va.gov/. For information about other VA benefits such as employment, compensation and pension, home loans, life insurance, and more, please visit http://www.vba.va.gov/VBA/ or contact your local VA Regional Office at 1-800-827-1000.

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