Category Archives: Service

A Day • A Weekend to Remember

General_George_Patton_bw After working outside and driving many miles to help some friends today, I came home a man in severe need of a scrub.

I’m grateful for the little things that add up to bring a pleasant close to the end of a day. A good hot shower, music over the Internet, as well as an extremely comfortable bed to lay my weary head.

So many things I and millions of others enjoy because of those veterans, men & women, all who sacrificed life & limb, so that we, and hopefully their descendants, can enjoy the thousands of every day things we take for granted.

Memorial Day isn’t a remembrance day for current military members or even veterans.  It’s a day that is set aside to honor those who have given their all, life and limb, in the protection of their country or those who served along side.

Those honorable men and women who had a future, but lost it as well as their lives, so that we can live ours. There’s no greater love.

 

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Veterans Health Care – My Experience

If you’re a U.S. military veteran. or a family member of a veteran, then this blog post is for you. Those whom are also interested in government managed health care, and haven’t first hand knowledge, this may help you.

Most of what I’m going to discuss is only one man’s opinion, but in a sea of opinions, I’m going to do my best to accurately inform anyone still reading past the opening paragraphs.

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CH-46s on runway Kaneohe Hawaii, destined for Vietnam

I’m a Vietnam era veteran. That means something specific, and to anyone that has also served during a time of war, but wasn’t a directly involved participant, meaning they weren’t in the designated country, served in a non-combat role, their benefits may differ from those serving during peace time operations.

The VA has different designated levels of assistance, depending on the time someone has served. They provide service for all in some capacity, but you may need to pay more for services rendered, depending on your current income, and when you served. Those details are available online, and if you aren’t aware of them, please follow this link.

VA heath care and the Affordable Care Act.

If you read the information, don’t fully understand it, and need more help, you can drop a response at the bottom of this post, along with your real name and how to contact you. Nothing you send will be automatically posted. I have to review comments before yours goes public. If you send personal information, I’ll not publish it. Of course I’m hoping I won’t be deluged with questions or some scammer trying to take advantage of my willingness to help explain what the VA can provide. I may just post a link, if I see the answer already available for your specific question.

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Me standing outside of a TAC – 1975

I want to encourage any veteran or family member that hasn’t been involved with VA health care to not defer or postpone the services which you’ve earned. Of course, if you’re enlistment or your appointment with the military wasn’t based on what you might later receive, it’s natural to ignore your benefits.

I enrolled about 2 years ago. Since then, I’ve been in for two annual physicals, and an eye examination and a new prescription with glasses.

I went into the Atlanta VA hospital yesterday on a scheduled surgery. It was a same day, recovery at home afterwards type of care. I went in at 9am and was out by 5pm. 0900 & 1700, military time.

I can tell you my experience was as positive as I’ve had. As it has not been my first or second hospital rodeo. I think my national and international health care provided experience gives me a basis from which I can make comparisons.

I’m at home recovering today. The surgery appears to be completed without complications. I’ve had two calls from the VA. The last one was from one of the doctors who assisted in the surgery. She left her pager number on the discharge sheet in case I have a problem.

All of that without copay or out of pocket expenses. That of course is based on my time, duration of service and current level of income. If you’re a veteran or a close family member, I urge you to become acquainted with the VA. Be sure you’re not missing out on health care services. If you’ve read or heard horror stories, which I’m not going to suggest aren’t based on fact, my experience doesn’t align with those concerns. In fact, it’s been quite the opposite.

Find a VA location near you.


May the Forces of Merry, Happy & Joy Visit You!

This is a season for happiness, joy, peace and family. That’s the fundamental message. This wish may not mean much to those whose lives are far from ideal. Many live in circumstances far removed from peace or joy. I hope & wish peace, comfort & healing, especially for those who have lost loved ones, who are lonely, sick, without adequate shelter, food, clothing, or are living in conditions of war.

I truly wish I had the capacity to change things for the better. Collectively we can make things better. Perhaps that’s the message we need, to create possibilities for improvement for those who have greater needs.

Christmas may signify more to those who can celebrate it, than those whose lives are miserable. Make this a year of joy and peace for others.

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