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Fri Jan 10, 2020, 08:45 AM

ARMY VETERAN HAS PROSTHETIC LEGS REPOSSESSED AFTER VA REFUSES TO PAY FOR THEM: 'MEDICARE DID NOT SEN

A decorated military veteran who served in Vietnam and Iraq has claimed that his prosthetic legs were taken away after the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) would not cover the cost.

Jerry Holliman, 69, told the Clarion Ledger that he was in his room at the Veterans Home in Collins, Mississippi just a couple days before Christmas when a man walked in and took away his prosthetic limbs. According to Holliman, the VA said it would not cover the cost of the limbs, while Medicare said there'd be a copay required.

"Medicare did not send me to Vietnam," Holliman, who received Bronze Stars in both wars in which he served, told the Ledger in an article published Thursday. "I was sent there by my country...with the understanding that if something bad happened to me, that it would be covered by the VA."

The newspaper reported that Holliman received his prosthetics in August from the national company Hanger, which produces them. Holliman said, however, that after he received a few training lessons from Hanger staff, he was told the VA would not cover the cost and to check with Medicare.

https://www.newsweek.com/army-veteran-has-prosthetic-legs-repossessed-after-va-refuses-pay-them-1481390

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Fri Jan 10, 2020, 08:49 AM

1. Heinous.

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Response to dchill (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 10, 2020, 08:56 AM

2. Did you read the article?

The VA does great work, and if he had gone through them, he would have gotten what he needed for free.

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Response to Piasladic (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 10, 2020, 11:19 AM

4. Did you?

Holliman said, however, that after he received a few training lessons from Hanger staff, he was told the VA would not cover the cost and to check with Medicare.

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Response to dchill (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 10, 2020, 09:26 AM

3. His cantankerous personality is a part of the problem ...

"Holliman said that a man then came to him at the Veterans Home on December 23 and requested that he sign paperwork for Medicare. After Holliman refused, the man took away the prosthetics."

After medicare pays or doesn't pay (because he's over 65), VA pay what's left. I have to do the same thing after my surgeries or treatments in non VA facilities, and VA has always paid it and I've never paid a cent and my service was nowhere near this guy performed.

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"VA's Prosthetic & Sensory Aids Service, which also has more than 600 local contracts with accredited orthotic and prosthetic providers, stands ready to deliver comprehensive support to optimize health and independence of our Veterans," he said "If eligible veterans do not wish to take advantage of these services, VA is unable to intervene and correct issues arising with personal purchases."

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