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Old 08-07-2016, 07:05 PM
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I have been in the VA,healthcare now for ten years,and i've never had one problem with the VA. Truth and Fact!
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I have been self employed most of my life and my spouses had the Insurance. In 1992 I found myself without insurance and a bad heart. A client whom I was building a house for was the head Pharmacy Dude at the Livermore Ca.VA. I shared my problem with him and he said, Go to the VA.Had angina so bad one day and did just that.He just so happened to be in the hall went I went in.He looked at me and said"Are you feeling OK? I said that I had chest pain and he immediatly yelled for an orderly and a gurney.While I was being taken to the ER I was asked for my SS# and Was in the system.Heart surgery 2 days later.Had a stroke in 2005, rehab ect,ect,ect.
I am still in the system, in the last 6 months I have had cataract surgery,foot surgery,hearing aids,diabetic shoes (4 pairs) and the staff treats me like a king.

I am sorry but it is not a perfect world, but the VA has saved my life and I appreciate every thing they have done for me.
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Ten years ago, I went to the VA because a cataract was causing double vision in my right eye. They said the wait to SEE a doctor was three years. I made other arrangements.
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Old 08-08-2016, 06:57 PM
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I'm appalled at my government for the lack of respect and treatment for all of you that served. I never served in the military, my father served in the Army during the Korean War. He never had much good to say about the VA.
I'm truly ashamed that our country does little to help you all out.
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Old 08-09-2016, 01:14 PM
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Last month I finally went to the VA-Hospital to help reduce the price costs of the insulin I must now take. It took us almost a whole afternoon to get paperwork to fill out and explain my presents their to the person at the desk.

I took those papers home to fill out and take back with me at a later date, however I never knew until I got to the very last page, that the VA has now adopted a new policy towards all VETS.

This policy states that once a VET dies, his estate can and will be put in a position, that lets the VA recoup ALL MONEY SPENT ON THAT VET!!!
Yes, they can and will "attach" themselves to your estate and take back any and ALL MONEY from your estate, before any of those, who you designated people in your recorded will. I had to read the fine print on the very last page, with a magnifying glass.
With all respect for your condition, i don't see the connection between your diabetes and military service.
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Old 08-12-2016, 08:30 PM
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Been in the VA system since 06. Never had a bad experience. I'm a Vietnam Vet with 2 Purple hearts I'm treated like gold. They just wonder why I waited so long. I explained that after see all the young guns coming back with wounds so mush worse them mine, it just didn't feel right. I am humbled by all the young men and woman who serve our great country.

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Old 10-04-2016, 05:48 AM
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VA health care is prioritized in categories 1 through 8. Category 1 includes vets with VA service connected conditions rated at 50 percent or more. It also includes veterans who are unemployable due to serviced connected medical conditions.

Priority Groups - Health Benefits

Previous to 2009 category 8 veterans were not allowed to enroll for VA health care. Many of the present VA problems were caused when hundreds of thousands of category 8 veterans were added to the system beginning in 2009.

Group 8 vets invited back to VA | The American Legion

i'm rated at 80 percent service connected. i get very good medical care from the VA.
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I found out I had Hep C back around 2005. The VA had a big announcement about how 30% of vets have Hep C and they were starting a new program. I called the Denver VA several times and after a long wait I finally got through to someone. They took all my info down. I received a general info VA packet in the mail. A couple of years elapsed. I was starting to get really sick. Going to private doctors I was told I had a 40% chance of mortality in the next 90 days!

I tried calling the VA several times again. After about a week I finally got through to someone. "Yes, we have you in the system", I was told.

I would have been dead back in 2007 if I had waited for the VA to do something. Thankfully, I had private health insurance and within 7 months I had a liver transplant. "Fxxk the VA" as far as I am concerned. They need to fire the lot of them and replace them with real doctors and nurses, not just a bunch of bureaucratic jerks looking towards retirement.

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Old 12-28-2016, 01:41 PM
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VA health care is prioritized in categories 1 through 8. Category 1 includes vets with VA service connected conditions rated at 50 percent or more. It also includes veterans who are unemployable due to serviced connected medical conditions.

Priority Groups - Health Benefits

Previous to 2009 category 8 veterans were not allowed to enroll for VA health care. Many of the present VA problems were caused when hundreds of thousands of category 8 veterans were added to the system beginning in 2009.

Group 8 vets invited back to VA | The American Legion

i'm rated at 80 percent service connected. i get very good medical care from the VA.
There in lies the problem. The VA medical system has been overloaded, which causes delays for many combat veterans.
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I don't see how this is anyway gun hunting, or shooting related.
It is a real sore spot for me. I won't get into details.
But, just so you know-
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Old 12-29-2016, 03:34 AM
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You sure can not hunt of shoot if your in pain with no health insurance. But you did serve your country and can get VA health care for free or cheap but they keep screwing with people.

Bet those A holes who got Paid medical for life who were in congress or senate don't have to put up with the F in stuff we vets have to deal with.

As far as I am concerned VETS should want for nothing health care wise. The put their lives out there on the line. Those past, present and future clowns in Washington don't have a freaking clue nor have they put their life on the line for the most part.
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Old 01-11-2017, 10:48 PM
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The VA is excellent in Montana! Been with them for 13 years ! Ol Deuce

If the VA came after my estate after I die ....well they get my Winchester and my Saddle !
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I have never had any real problems with the VA. I have a service connected disability . 10% tinitus 10% hearing loss
30% PTSD. Also I am Navy retired so I collect a pension. And the disability. NOT my disability payments are taken out of my pension. Any disability under 50% is taken from the retirees pension. Over 50% you get your pension plus disability. Now figure this 10 10 30 last time I went to school equaled 50. Well the VA figures that as 40%. From what I am told the reason you can't collect more than 2 gov't checks. OK understand that but I get SS being over 65. Maybe I'm wrong but that is 3 checks SS, VA dis. and USN pension. But now it's only 2 ,I just had my disability raised by 30% so now that takes my whole pension. Ticked off yea I would say so. The military caused the problems and then they penalize you for them . Kinda like car ins. have an accident get your rates raised.
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I am an Afghan and Kosovo vet. I can't say much of anything bad about my VA experiences. I broke my jaw and some teeth while on active duty in the early 90s at Ft Riley while in the 1st ID. When the resin repairs to my teeth finally wore out about 2008, I put in a claim and they denied any compensation. However, they did pay for implants on three of the four broken front teeth and I have free dental care for life. How could you complain? I hurt my knee during the Afghanistan deployment and it flared up again in Kosovo while running. I had the VA examine it and they revealed that I had tore something in the original injury. Heck I was fairly young then (mid 30s) and thought it was just a sprain and pushed through it. Anyway, once the tear was revealed years later, even though it was scar-tissued over, the VA gave me a 10% rating and will take care of any future issues with the knee. Again, how could you complain? I have had heart test conducted at the VA, get the one med I am on cheap from the VA, labs twice a year free. No complaints here. My Dad is a Viet Nam vet and his experiences are similar.
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Old 01-13-2017, 11:27 AM
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I have never had any real problems with the VA. I have a service connected disability . 10% tinitus 10% hearing loss
30% PTSD. Also I am Navy retired so I collect a pension. And the disability. NOT my disability payments are taken out of my pension. Any disability under 50% is taken from the retirees pension. Over 50% you get your pension plus disability. Now figure this 10 10 30 last time I went to school equaled 50. Well the VA figures that as 40%. From what I am told the reason you can't collect more than 2 gov't checks. OK understand that but I get SS being over 65. Maybe I'm wrong but that is 3 checks SS, VA dis. and USN pension. But now it's only 2 ,I just had my disability raised by 30% so now that takes my whole pension. Ticked off yea I would say so. The military caused the problems and then they penalize you for them . Kinda like car ins. have an accident get your rates raised.
I'm wondering why, if you are retired Navy, that you are not using TRICARE for your primary health care?? I've been retired a while now and have utilized the TRICARE Prime program for a good while with zero complaints. In the last 6-8 months I've had one surgical procedure and two MRIs at zero out of pocket cost. Heck I was at Vanderbilt Medical Center half the day yesterday as part of my medical coverage. Doesn't get much better than that!

Free medical is not part of the deal for service members who are not retired from the military and it was NEVER intended to be that way. It is one of the benefits of having stayed until retirement eligible, either by service or medical reasons. An injury that occurs on active duty and is documented is also reason for free care for that injury.

Frankly, I'm tired of hearing bellyaching about the "free" medical care some feel they should have but do not qualify to receive. I served, I was injured and carry some problems now due to those injuries. I don't see a reason to ask for "more" personally. I might have been injured performing most any job for 20 years. The military owes me nothing above my retirement and the medical benefits I earned by staying for the duration. The military has been very good to me and I refuse to speak badly about the military and the V.A.

And I am tired as he** of reading the half-a**ed bellyaching here from people too cheap to buy insurance and wanting the V.A. to pick up the tab.
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Don't shoot the messenger.

I worked at a VAMC Pharmacy in the early 80's but was a minor player dude. MANY/MOST VAMC employees are VETS themselves. They care (for the most part) & try to do their best with the system they are given to work under. The nightmare stories of waste & GOV'T red tape type BS would curl your toes. "NO you can't buy more meds, how about some new carpets & painting the lobby every 4 months?"

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I do use TFL I only see the VA once a year for my physical, bloodwork, and this disability stuff. All my other medical needs are taken care of by Tricare. Like you I am sick of hearing the criers about no med ins. and I lucky I have Tricare and the VA. I can remember years ago friends would ask why I am staying
in the Navy "your not making any money". I would tell them worry about yourself and not me it will payoff down the road. Now they are the ones crying. I just think they shouldn't mess with your pension. Pension and disability are two different things.

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Thank you for your dedicated service to our nation for the long term. I hope you continue to receive the medical treatment you earned and are provided.

My service in the U.S. Army was not easy (nor was yours) but it was a satisfying experience for both me and my family. I will never forsake those who paid me and supported me and my family ever. I have a great appreciation for my country, my service in the Army and in turn their taking care of me now.
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Last month I finally went to the VA-Hospital to help reduce the price costs of the insulin I must now take. It took us almost a whole afternoon to get paperwork to fill out and explain my presents their to the person at the desk.

I took those papers home to fill out and take back with me at a later date, however I never knew until I got to the very last page, that the VA has now adopted a new policy towards all VETS.

This policy states that once a VET dies, his estate can and will be put in a position, that lets the VA recoup ALL MONEY SPENT ON THAT VET!!!
Yes, they can and will "attach" themselves to your estate and take back any and ALL MONEY from your estate, before any of those, who you designated people in your recorded will. I had to read the fine print on the very last page, with a magnifying glass.
Unfortunately the VA is being run by idiots. Our veterans deserve better. Best of luck to you, hope you find the care and support that you need!
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Thanks for your service and ramblings.

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You sure can not hunt of shoot if your in pain with no health insurance. But you did serve your country and can get VA health care for free or cheap but they keep screwing with people.

Bet those A holes who got Paid medical for life who were in congress or senate don't have to put up with the F in stuff we vets have to deal with.

As far as I am concerned VETS should want for nothing health care wise. The put their lives out there on the line. Those past, present and future clowns in Washington don't have a freaking clue nor have they put their life on the line for the most part.
Sure Vets should want for nothing, & I should crap diamonds. Unfortunately that ain't gonna happen. Some politicians are vets too. the VA is a Federal organization, how many of those do you think run perfectly? And yes you can hunt & shoot with pain, to a point, I and countless others have spent years doing it. Do you think some of the wounded warriors on those hunting trips are not in pain. I'd say to buck up and don't hold your breath waiting for your every whim to be provided for you, whether you deserve it or not. You won't have far to look to find someone else that's worse off. Thanks again for your service & sorry to be so blunt , but that is just the way it is.
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