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Does special operations service in the Phillipines constitute combat veteran status with health care eligibility?
Published 11/16/2004 11:36 AM | Updated 03/01/2011 12:06 PMA recently discharged veteran served in special operations in the Philippines. Is he classified as a combat veteran eligible for health care?
Yes, provided the veteran served in the Philippines after October 31, 2001. You may refer to VHA Directive 2004-017, Establishing Combat Veteran Eligibility, for the list of areas that have been designated as theaters of combat operations.