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  •  We've heard that from the VA itself. (13+ / 0-)

    My husband has had so many knee surgeries due to his service.  The surgeries were done while he served.  Years later he has knee issues.  Severe knee issues.  

    He works for a large company now and VA people have said basically - you have insurance why not use that?  we are treating returning vets first (that's their go to line for everything)

    Well our insurance expects the Navy to pay for his knees.  

    Also they scoff at his pain because he's a bike commuter.  But it's the only way he can WALK is by riding - aka non-linear exercise.  

    He started to feel that the only people who were being "treated" were the morbidly obese people in the SUVs chain smoking their packs of cigs right outside the VA hospital.  

    He is athletic, bike commuter who is also disabled from his knee surgeries he had while servingin the USN.  But felt ignored by the VA because he maintained a healthy, active lifestyle and he had private insurance (who wouldn't pay for the USN's botched knee surgeries).

    Finally after 15 years, he saw a great doc by accident at the VA during a painful ER knee visit on an Eastre Sunday.  The doctor was an athlete for the military (i forget what branch) and she understood his pain and his needs as well as he's a disabled vet who wants to be healthy and physically active.

    He finally got the PT and help he needed to continue being able to use his knee.  

    sidenote:  once again his disability % got cut - due to budgets not his knees.  15 yrs of pain = $80. a month.  

    "Love One Another" ~ George Harrison

    by Damnit Janet on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 11:44:11 AM PST

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    •  I find this modern attitude towards vets (4+ / 0-)
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      deeply disturbing. What happen to the days of the GI Bill?

    •  I'm under the 'old' GI bill... (3+ / 0-)
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      marina, kurt, Rosebuddear

      ...and I've had a small disability which keeps me going back to the VA. But I have heard similar stories saying that the VA is a burdensome, indifferent colossus. My own experience has been different. I have received more compassionate care there than I have from any of my "civilian" providers. Have they pissed me off with bureaucratic nonsense? Yes. And you must be assertive at times.  If you have insurance, the VA will bill them for anything beyond what they are obligated. I can't imagine a VA facility doing this to your husband. I'm not saying there aren't creeps in the VA, but I've only had the experience of using one facility.

      I don't know if dates of service entitles one to better care, but in this political environment, it wouldn't surprise me.

      Anyone with a better knowledge of this?

      "Wealthy the Spirit which knows its own flight. Stealthy the Hunter who slays his own fright. Blessed is the Traveler who journeys the length of the Light."

      by CanisMaximus on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 01:05:09 PM PST

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