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Doctor visit means hundreds of miles for some vets

There are 69 comments on the Air Force Times story from Jul 6, 2014, titled Doctor visit means hundreds of miles for some vets. In it, Air Force Times reports that:

Vietnam veteran and Veterans Affairs Department volunteer Durward Forbes of Alamogordo, N.M., discusses the challenges of transporting veterans hundreds of miles from Otero County to medical appointments in Albuquerque.

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Since: Aug 14

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#63 Aug 8, 2014
I feel sleepy

“I ain't afraid of no ghosts.”

Since: Aug 08

Dear old mucky Drasnia

#64 Aug 8, 2014
Once again, the VA cannot force doctors to live in the middle of nowhere, so if you want to treat it, chances are pretty good that you'll need to be willing to go where the doctors are.
Viet Nam Vet

Chillicothe, OH

#65 Aug 8, 2014
Does anyone know yet if the 40 mile rule for qualifing for non-VA treatment is air miles or road miles like you would find on something like mapquest. The VA pays their travel money for medical visists based on road miles. I'm considering moving to a new location that will put me outside the 40 mile range, just don't know which method they will be using. I know that I may have to wait until the new clinic locations are announced.
Concerned Alamogordian

Alamogordo, NM

#66 Aug 9, 2014
you want to tape it? Ok but I hope youll pay for the gas...
Viet Nam Vet

Chillicothe, OH

#67 Aug 9, 2014
Concerned Alamogordian wrote:
you want to tape it? Ok but I hope youll pay for the gas...
The location I am considereing will put me within walking distance of a an excellent Medical Center. I just need to know that I will be outside the VAs reach so they will have to pay my bills at someplace that I CHOOSE to seek healthcare.

I've always thought that it was a said situation when the VA had to actually pay veterans to seek treatment at one of its health care locations. The "reward" of travel pay has been a prime reason that veterans have failed to complain about stupid scheduling that requires multiple trips because the VA is not smart enough to combine multiple appointments into one trip. I've often wondered what is more important to some veterans, the medical care or the travel pay.

Personnally, distance is not an obsticle for me when it comes to finding qualtity health care. Something the VA has been unable to provide for a long, long time.

Since: Sep 08

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#68 Aug 10, 2014
Until top level career bureaucrat are fired and not allowed to work in government fields again.

All veterans care should be service connected / related. If you served 4 years, got out after 4, why should taxpayers treat you when you are 65, espically if your medical conditions are not related to your service, but related to your life style after serving.
The Mad Man

Long Beach, CA

#69 Aug 11, 2014
Land Locked Sailor wrote:
Until top level career bureaucrat are fired and not allowed to work in government fields again.
All veterans care should be service connected / related. If you served 4 years, got out after 4, why should taxpayers treat you when you are 65, espically if your medical conditions are not related to your service, but related to your life style after serving.
My opinion that I would like to express is that I think you are wrong! No one person or doctor at any VA has the education to know what is service connected or not. A doctor does not have this time.
Some conditions show up years after discharge from the military but many cannot file service connected paperwork because the VA loses the paperwork all the time. Try and find your records in the St. Louis data base. A fire is the excuse for paperwork not being found. There are other areas that do not have the correct military paperwork for one reason or another.
Define life style? Who are you to make this decision. A doctor has his/her own opinion of life style and many do not agree on this subject.
I would not want to be subject to that type of ignorance/opinion?
So what do you get after you are discharged from the military?
A discharge paper, a slap on the back saying you did a good job and now go out and face the world. Not that easy. Many soldiers have a problem adjusting to today 'modern society'. Politics, corruption and becoming disillusioned in a society that has no rules. That is one thought that can create any medical problem after leaving the military. Would you like to change places with a soldier who just came from fighting a war and 'program' them back into society? Hence the suicide rate. Make sense?
Tony Betterton

United States

#70 Aug 13, 2014
Land locked sailor does not understand the relationship between America and it's veterans.
Gorky

Alamogordo, NM

#71 Aug 24, 2014
Tony Betterton wrote:
Land locked sailor does not understand the relationship between America and it's veterans.
You don't understand America!

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