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  •  VA normally covers service-connected disabilities (4+ / 0-)

    and injuries.

    Soldiers, like civilians, are entitled by law to employer-paid care for injuries and disabilities steming from their work.

    Other veterans get in based on a priority group scale, which normally doesn't take civilian life medical need into account.

    The number of veterans who can be enrolled in the health care program is determined by the amount of money Congress gives VA each year. Since funds are limited, VA set up Priority Groups to make sure that certain groups of veterans are able to be enrolled before others.

    Once you apply for enrollment, your eligibility will be verified. Based on your specific eligibility status, you will be assigned a Priority Group. The Priority Groups range from 1-8 with 1 being the highest priority for enrollment. Some veterans may have to agree to pay copay to be placed in certain Priority Groups.

    Priority 1: •Veterans with VA Service-connected disabilities rated 50% or more.
    •Veterans assigned a total disability rating for compensation based on unemployability.

    Priority 2: •Veterans with VA Service-connected disabilities rated 30% or 40%.
    Priority 4: •Veterans receiving increased compensation or pension based on their need for regular Aid and Attendance or by reason of being permanently Housebound.
    •Veterans determined by VA to be catastrophically disabled.
    Priority 6: •Compensable 0% Service-connected Veterans.
    •Veterans exposed to ionizing radiation during atmospheric testing or during the occupation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
    •Project 112/SHAD participants.
    •Veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975.
    •Veterans who served in the Southwest Asia theater of operations from August 2, 1990, through November 11, 1998.
    •Veterans who served in a theater of combat operations after November 11, 1998, as follows:
    •Veterans discharged from active duty on or after January 28, 2003, for five years post discharge

    As the wars continue on, the VA has to spend more of its limited resources taking care of those wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    •  There is a Medicare kidney ESRD program (1+ / 0-)
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      I don't think military service time is credited to the Medicare End-Stage Renal Disease system.

      People who switch from military/government and civilian employment can fall through benefit cracks.

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