Returning Service Members - Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center, Saginaw, Michigan
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Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center, Saginaw, Michigan


Returning Service Members

The Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center is grateful to the men and women who risk their lives to fight terrorism in Afghanistan, Iraq, and many other places around the world.




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, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or Operation New Dawn, 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.

The Seamless Transition Program is easy to reach, no appointment needed.  Just call or stop in.  Our program is here to help you connect to your VA benefits and services.  Our goal is to continue to be available to you over the years to help with the many tasks related to successful readjustment home, including supporting your medical and mental health care.  We welcome contact from family members, as well, if they have questions about services.


We are located at the Aleda E. Lutz VA Health Care Annex, 4241 Barnard Road, Saginaw, Michigan 48603, and also at the Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center, 1500 Weiss Street, Saginaw, Michigan  48602.


Who we are and how to contact us;

Program Supervisor, Anne Milko-Delpier      (989) 497-2500  x11794

Social Work Case Manager, Jim Adamski      (989) 497-2500  x11897

Social Work Case Manager, Mary Richards    (989) 497-2500  x11898

Nurse Case Manager, Barbara Baumgardner (989) 497-2500  x11799

Program Support Assistant, Leslee Cruz      (989) 497-2500  x11891


All staff are located on the 1st floor in the North Clinic of the Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center. Our Program Support room number is 1-1341. Our toll free number is 1-800-406-5143 followed by the extension of the person above whom you wish to reach.


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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.