Returning Service Members - John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, Detroit, Michigan
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John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, Detroit, Michigan

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Returning Service Members

Soldier standing duty with the American flag.VAMC Detroit is grateful to the men and women who risk their lives to fight terrorism in Afghanistan, Iraq and many other places around the world.

Thank you for your service.

VA can provide you with priority health care and benefits assistance even if you are still on active duty or an activated member of the National Guard or Reserve. If you are a discharged Veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom, VA can provide you medical care for five years from your military discharge date for conditions you believe are related to your military service regardless of your income or eligibility.

Contact Information

If you have served in Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom, please contact us in any of the following ways:


Please call a team member at one of the extensions below with any questions or inquiries about our health care services.

In person visits:

Please report to Health Benefits Administration, Room C1900 located on the 1st floor in the yellow section for registration. Remember to bring a copy of your DD214. View a map of our facility to find this location.

Veterans may also enroll using several other methods such as:

Veterans Crisis Line (1-800-273-8255 Press 1)

If you are experiencing an immediate crisis, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency care center.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
VA Mental Health Home Page 

Returning Warriors

Including active duty reservist, guardsmen and recently discharged Veterans, who are seeking medical care and other entitlements should contact.

  • Pamela Mackey, LMSW
    Transition and Care Management Program Manager
    313-576-1000 ext 63099
  • Daniel Kummer, LMSW
    TBI/Polytrauma Point of Contact
    313-576-1000, ext 65446
  • Emanuel Dines, LMSW, MHSA
    Transition and Care Management Case Manager
  • Veronica Wiegand, LMSW
    Transition and Care Management Case Manager
    313-576-1000, ext 61378

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.