DOD to VA Medical Care Transition

Last month the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments announced an ongoing effort to ease the transition for service members who require complex care management as they transition from the DoD system of health care to the VA.
The effort is designed to ease the burden for service members and veterans, who have suffered illnesses or injuries so severe as to require the expertise provided by multiple care specialties throughout both departments, officials said.”More than a decade of combat has placed enormous demands on a generation of service members [and] veterans – particularly those who have suffered wounds, injuries, or illnesses which require a complex plan of care,” said Dr. Karen Guice, principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for health affairs and co-chair of the DoD-VA Interagency Care Coordination Committee.
“These individuals require the complex coordination of medical and rehabilitative care, benefits and other services to successfully transition from active duty to veteran status and to optimally recover from their illnesses or injuries.””Our collaborative efforts with DoD have improved and enhanced the process of caring for our military members with serious illness, injuries or disabilities, as they recover and return to their communities,” said Dr. Linda Spoonster Schwartz, assistant secretary veterans affairs for policy and planning and co-chair of the DoD-VA committee. “Great attention has been made to develop a system which focuses on continuity of care, holistic support services and a ‘warm handoff’ for [service members and veterans] as they move from and between military, VA and community health care systems.