Returning Service Members - Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center
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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
Transition Care Management Program Manager & Caregiver Support Program Manager
Ph: (843) 789-4536
Fax: (843) 789-6297

Ronald Spruill, LMSW
Charleston & Goose Creek Outpatient Clinics

Social Work TCM
Ph: (843) 789-4537
Fax: (843)789-6297

Vacant Hinesville & Savannah Outpatient Clinics
Ph: (912) 408-2975 HNV or
(912) 961-5836 SAV
Fax: (912) 879-1190

Faith Walker, LCSW
Hinesville Outpatient Clinic

Senior Social Worker TCM
Ph: (912) 408-2987
Fax: (912) 876-1190

Andrew Sone, LCSW
Myrtle Beach Outpatient Clinics

Senior Social Worker TCM
Ph: (843) 477-0177 Ext. 2637
Fax: (843) 839-1791

Tammy Clements, LISW-CP
Beaufort & Trident Outpatient Clinics

Social Worker TCM
Ph: (843) 577-5011 Ext: 4538

Geri Young, LCSW
Savannah Outpatient Clinic

Senior Social Worker TCM
Ph: (912) 920-0214 EXT: 2136
Fax: (843) 579-3848

Bonnie Eby, LCSW 
Fort Stewart VA Liason

Ph: (912) 435- 9734
Fax: (912) 767-7364

Tanya Collins, RN Fort Stewart (PSA)VA Liaison
Ph: (912) 435- 9642
Fax: (912) 767-7364

Sandra Flournoy (PSA)Fort Stewart
Program Support Assistant
Ph: (912) 435- 9811

Lutricia Overton
Transition Patient Representative (TPR)
Ph: (843) 789-6730

Carol Goodale (MSA)
Advanced Medical Support Assistant
Ph: (843) 789-6648

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.