Around Annapolis: Woman starts chain of good deeds

Nov 5, 2010 Full story: HometownAnnapolis

Annapolis resident Jan Chapman is used to hearing hard luck stories in her work as a certified financial planner, but the plight of Army Sgt.

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#1 Nov 5, 2010
While I wish all the best to this sgt. and his family, I wonder why they have those big medical bills? When I was in the service, all medical care was free as it should be for those that serve. I am not sure if a service dog would be supplied or not, but I am skeptical about the rest of the story. I suppose now it isn't like it used to be, when you trusted people, but not anymore. Sorry for the doubts

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#2 Dec 2, 2010
I have first hand knowledge of the story. The amount of bills was accurate but it should have been categorized as other debts such as credit cards, auto repossession and foreclosure. They didn't have medical bills because their insurance is quite good. They had a prescription from their doctor, a LTC at Walter Reed, for a seizure response dog. Tricare refused to pay for the dog. They appealed and Tricare again refused to pay for the dog saying that it is not 'medically necessary'. Their dog was a special breed of a German Shepherd which was recommended by their trainer and that breed costs $10,000 just for the dog plus $15,000 to $18,000 for the training.

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