The OEF/OIF/OND Program at VA Black Hills Health Care System offers transition assistance, care management and outreach services to all veterans who have served in combat since November 11, 1998. Our program can help you receive the health care services you may want or need, as well as provide you and your family the following support and service options as you make the transition from active duty to civilian life:
- Support to you and your family as you readjust to life after military service
- Individualized care, specific to your unique post-combat readjustment needs
- Professional and short-term counseling and referrals for mental health services
- Assistance scheduling and accessing any needed VA Medical Center services
- Contact assistance for VA services near your home
- Information on VA and community services for which you may be eligible
- Personal assistance finding your way through the VA system
- Provide information and assistance regarding health care benefits and eligibility
Post Deployment Health Care
The post deployment health care process for VA Black Hills is dedicated to the specific care needs of veterans who have served in an overseas location in support of the global war on terrorism whether directly involved in combat operations in Iraq and/or Afghanistan or deployed to other locations supporting the war effort. We are interested in meeting with any veteran who has been previously deployed and certainly if one is experiencing any post deployment related health care concerns. Even if you’re receiving your health care outside of the VA, we strongly encourage you to consider coming in for our entry level post deployment physical. Your health assessment with VA is comprehensive and specific to your health care needs.
Post deployment comprehensive health assessments and ongoing medical care is provided through the Transition Clinic conducted every Tuesday at our Hot Springs Campus, Thursday at our Ft. Meade campus and Monday, Wednesday and Friday at our Rapid City Community Based Outreach Clinic (CBOC).
After our initial evaluation, we would like to remain in contact and meet at least once a year with more frequent follow-up appointments if requested or necessary. Our staff has extensive experience working with recently deployed veterans. This experience has led to a greater understanding of the stressors and concerns related to deployment and the challenges associated with post-deployment reintegration.
Formerly deployed veterans may experience:
- Common and anticipated changes in physical health, mental health, family health and occupational and financial stability after returning home from any deployment.
- Stress reactions and other concerns related to combat deployments or any deployment experiences that were troubling or traumatic.
- Environmental agents exposures in the various theaters of combat operations.
- Unexplained medical symptoms following deployment.
- Any other health concern associated with deployment.
Please contact us if you have any needs, concerns or questions.
Transition Patient Advocate