Veterans' Health Care

Veterans' Health Care

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John

Chicago, IL

#1 Nov 1, 2017
I am interested in hearing the opinions of elderly Veterans who get their health care at the Dayton VA Medical Center about their experiences there.
War is H3LL

United States

#2 Nov 1, 2017
I know an elderly Nam veteran. He has PTSD and recent diagnosis of dementia. He refuses the VA 'care', and pays cash for all his nonVA doctors, because he says the VA sucks SO badly.
Tantor

Dayton, OH

#3 Nov 2, 2017
As VA Centers go, probably above the average. Cutting edge medicine? Not so much. That said, this VA does a decent job with geriatric care. Just understand that you would be one of many seeking care and they'll get to you...just like they did back in the day with Sick Call. If you have outside insurance, I would use that as the local hospitals are top-notch. That said, I know guys that use this place as their Primary Care...you just have to plan a bit and put up with more paperwork that a human should.

But if you must go to the VA hospital for a scheduled...or even unscheduled...stay of some sort, you'll do fine. They are a quality hospital after all and they hire Nurses from the same pool as everybody else. It's getting a routine appointment at a clinic that can take weeks and/or months. That's a case of too much demand funneling through a choke point.

This is coming to you as an older Iraq vet. I did my VA check in back in late 2003. Joined a weekly therapy group on the advice of a counselor to talk some crap out...I was kind of "twitchy" if you know what I mean...but I got a little tired of the "agony" some of the drama queens had perfected. Personally, they were REMF's looking to score some meds or disability. The VA and I parted ways by early 2004 and got on with my life...good decision.

Will I go back? Maybe for a couple of things I'm rated for but honestly, my personal insurance covers everything I need so unless they are having cookies, I kind of doubt it.

Good Luck to you.

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