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Sat Oct 27, 2012, 07:15 AM

What is a Veteran?

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Reply What is a Veteran? (Original post)
MrScorpio Oct 2012 OP
MADem Oct 2012 #1
MrScorpio Oct 2012 #2
madokie Oct 2012 #3
MADem Oct 2012 #4
madokie Oct 2012 #5
MADem Oct 2012 #6
The River Oct 2012 #7

Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 07:16 AM

1. Yep! And happy birthday...again! nt

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Response to MADem (Reply #1)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 07:21 AM

2. Thanks!

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 07:25 AM

3. And it matters not that I was lied to to get me there

it matters that I did

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Response to madokie (Reply #3)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 07:28 AM

4. Free health care for LIFE!! For LIFE!!! FREE!!! Step right up! nt

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Response to MADem (Reply #4)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 08:24 AM

5. Although I didn't start using it until my 54th birthday

DVT left leg. Prior to that I was afraid to even check in to see what kind of health care they offered as I'd heard so many horror stories. Now that I'm in the system it is better than nothing but it still leaves a lot to be desired. I think the biggest reason for that is funding. Something the pukes are trying to squeeze as much out of as they can.

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Response to madokie (Reply #5)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 08:40 AM

6. I agree that it is better than nothing, and if you're a retiree, it's very affordable health care.

It doesn't match the promise made by the recruiters, though!

I didn't join for the health care, though; glad I have it now, even with deductions/co-pays.

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Response to madokie (Reply #5)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 11:26 AM

7. Much, Much Better Than Nothing

All systems have flaws and the VA is no exception BUT,
it's much more than just "inpatient experiences".

The health care they provide is proactive. They give you
twice yearly checkups whether you feel sick or not. That
catches problems early and saves lives/money. They also actively
track ongoing problems and stats like cholesterol, triglycerides, etc.

Pharmacy: Depending on disability rating it's a small co-pay
or free. I couldn't afford the meds I take without the VA.

Fee Basis Services: Emergency care at local hospitals is paid for
on a "fee service" basis. My 2010 heart attack precluded a 75 mile
ride to the VA hospital so I got care 1 mile away at a major university
hospital. It was all covered by the VA.

Mental Health: They need more qualified people but what help they can
offer is immediate and easy to locate. Just press 1 on their phone menu.

Long Term Care: Assisted Living facilities are available and
way better than typical nursing homes.

Attitude: Where else do patients get thanked (repeatedly) for just being a patient?

As regards the "Horror stories": All hospital stays, especially after a surgery, are less than pleasant.
Each procedure has odds. Sometimes patients die.

But, as you say, it's better than nothing.


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