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To all veterans, medical benefits application process

by Willy / August 4, 2009 10:59 PM PDT

Recently(some mos. back) I applied and was rewarded. I thought it a long drawn out process but it was not. Here is the link to get started:


Download the .PDF file and print it out. Though, it doesn't state it, you will need to send a copy of your DD-214 along with it. You can mail-in or drop off at most veterans service organization or VA office. Thanks to the local VA county service office for their help, it was a pleasant experience.

Respectfully submitted,
Mr. Willy (USMC)

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How far will you need to travel for services?
by Steven Haninger / August 5, 2009 7:17 PM PDT

I suppose that would depend on what ails you at the time....or does the V. A. let you to use non gov. facilities if there's nothing local for what you need? Full care hospitals and compounds are scattered far and wide but I think outpatient services are available in most larger cities.

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On the button
by Willy / August 5, 2009 10:44 PM PDT

That's a fair assessment overall. I have to travel 30min. to visit the VA clinic nearby. Next, is the VA hospital at roughly 90min. away for full services(shuttle bus provided). Since, this is all new to me and have gotten some details from other friends(vets) and passed info its not all that bad for me. Depending on the ills, yes I would need to travel for that specialist sort of thing. But local hospitals aren't providing direct VA care as far as I know. In my case its a Godsend as drug costs had hit me pretty hard and having that alone taken care of is a blessing. While I manage for now, I can only think as I get older how tougher it will be(cross-fingers). -----Willy Happy

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"Keeping the Promise"
by Angeline Booher / August 6, 2009 1:36 AM PDT
In reply to: On the button

Though it got rather hairy about 30 or so years ago, the care today is good. (Of course, there can always be pockets that don't make the grade, just like civilian ones.)

As he was the lowest priority, it took 1 1/2 years for him to become eligible for the veterans' home (nursing home), which then got him into the system. Having been an RN I was capable to judge the care provided, and it was excellent. Local veteran's groups kept an eye on things, as well. Along with the outstanding care, they provided

My brother-in-law across the state border was pleased when a satellite clinic opened in his town. Otherwise he had to drive from Bowling Green, KY to Ft. Ca,[bell. I'm guessing it took about as long as it does you.

With the satellites, veterans might (I have no statistics) have a better chance for medical care than many of the rural residents of my state.

I wish I knew how TriCare worked. My daughter (AF Chief Nurse) is in Vietnam right now. I can ask her after her return.

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Non-VA concerns
by Willy / August 6, 2009 12:23 PM PDT
In reply to: "Keeping the Promise"

I read an article that some rural or remote areas have problems just providing basic medical care for civilian populace. Those that are vets too would be effected as VA clinics tend to cluster closer to urban areas. The mere fact of remoteness hits everyone and travel itself is a hardship depending on the ills plus distance. Some areas can't even get a Dr. to locate in their area even if they paid for loans, etc. and those that may move-in find it hard to be paid as low-income is typical of some areas or non-insured. I don't want to fathom what if anything, if I had to deal with those problems on top of any medical ones. Oh boy>>>>not good. -----Willy Happy

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Even playing field
by Angeline Booher / August 7, 2009 12:10 AM PDT
In reply to: Non-VA concerns

The same problems for the ill-served, civilian or veteran. Everybody can't live in urban settings. But everything in an urban setting is not necessarily providing appropriate care. It sounds like you will be as close time-wise as so many of those who travel to Nashville.

My uncle was the only physician in the Lynchburg, TN, Moore County (home of Jack Daniels) for many decades of his practice. This was true until his death in the 1970's.

hen my husband became ill I spent a good bit of time speaking with local veteran's organizations and the VA office. They were ready to help as much as they could. You could check listings of those in the city closest to you. Also, the nearest VA hospital. I think you will feel more comfortable after learning what is available to ou.

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but it was not
by caktus / August 7, 2009 6:51 AM PDT

Doesn't seem so long ago it took six months to two years just to get the darn thing acknowledged.

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