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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center


Returning Service Members

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is grateful to the men and women who risk their lives in service to our country. We look forward to assisting you in your transition from active duty to Veteran status.

If you are a recently discharged Veteran with service in a theater of combat operations, you may be entitled to free medical care provided by the VA for five years from the date of your discharge from active duty for health conditions possibly related to your service, regardless of your income status.

Welcome Home  

Charleston VAMC welcomes home all our heroes. Our Transition Care Management team (formerly the OEF/OIF/OND team) is here daily to welcome you.

Charleston VAMC Transition Care Management Team

George Webb, MSW, LISW-CP
TCM Program Manager & Caregiver Support Program Manager

Tammy Clements, LMSW
Social Worker - TCM
Beaufort & Trident Outpatient Clinics
843-577-5011 Ext. 5716

L. Patrick Elkins
Transition Patient Advocate
Senior Social Worker - TCM
Savannah Outpatient Clinic (pending)

Cathy Pearce, LCSW, CCM
Senior Social Worker - TCM
Hinesville VA Outpatient Clinic
912-408-2900 Ext. 2975

Andew Sone, LCSW
Senior Social Worker - TCM
Myrtle Beach Outpatient Clinic
843-477-0177 Ext. 2637

Ronald Spruill, LMSW
Social Worker - TCM
Charleston VAMC & Goose Creek Outpatient Clinic

Faith Walker, LCSW
Senior Social Worker - TCM
Hinesville Outpatient Clinic
912-408-2900 Ext. 2987

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.