I have been processing a claim with respect to being hit by lightning as a cadet (to include bilateral hearing loss and traumatic brain injury) as well as being in a vehicle rollover in a Bradley Cavalry Fighting Vehicle. The State of NM Veteran Affairs has a great office which assists vets through the process. Every time I get a response from the VA, it is as if they did not read the previous information. They wanted me to send more evidence I actually attended West Point (even though it is on my DD-214 and Officer Record Brief and my file has medical records from Keller Army Community Hospital).
Another vet who was at the office while I was there served in Vietnam as a Marine. The VA was questioning whether he was actually there after providing his DD-214 which chronicled his duty there with Vietnam-specific awards as well as his duty record recording his service there on multiple tours. If the VA is any indicator of what a nationalized healthcare would be like, perhaps it would be good to have those who have never dealt with the VA try it out for a year and then decide if they truly like the idea of nationalized healthcare.
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
VA = Obamacare Foreshadowed?
I'd like to think that our soldiers and veterans get the best medical care around, but it's important to remember that the VA, at least, is a bureaucracy, with all the baggage that entails. I've received permission from the author to post this vignette: