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Thread: Should us Veterans have any faith in the VA anymore?

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    Re: Should us Veterans have any faith in the VA anymore?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpgrad08 View Post
    Being a veteran of OEF. It been no secret to myself and my fellow vets the horrors of the VA. Heck it took three times before they would activate my Education benifits. One the times being that on their records I was a dishonorable discharge Vet just release from Ft. Leavenworth. Now with all the issues that just have risen with VA including the death of my fellow Brothers in arms. Should we Vets ever have any faith and trust in the VA ever again? and If no what would it take for the faith to be restored?
    For some veterans, the VA is all they have or all they can get for medical care, which is usually cost free for some.

    My personal experience with the VA has been good lately. Not so good a few years ago. I guess it would depend on which state or which CBOC clinic you receive care from.

    This is my new CBOC, all of the staff are professionals and provide excellent care.

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    Re: Should us Veterans have any faith in the VA anymore?

    Quote Originally Posted by tecoyah View Post
    The VA has been inadequate for decades...but is now faced with the results of 2 wars and an increased attention to the Veterans of Viet Nam.

    That no one has done anything about this fiasco is disgusting.
    The lack of foresight is ridiculous.
    The guilt should be crippling for EVERY politician...and Vets should be freakin' pissed, so should everyone else.
    Care at the VA must be slipping in different places. At my VA, combat vets are first in line for care, the way it should be.

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    Re: Should us Veterans have any faith in the VA anymore?

    Everyone I have personally known to deal with the VA has actually had few major problems with them.

    My education benefits started pretty quickly with them (the only problem I had was getting the direct deposit started because I wasn't showing up in their system, but they just sent me checks). My husband has had delays when switching over (active to veteran) when it comes to his benefits, but delays happen.

    My family members who have gone to VA hospitals have had the same care as in other places. Sure, it is a drive for them, but considering their medical issues, it is worth it. They have even gotten VocRehab.

    I feel that people concentrate on any negative that happens within the VA system, and believe that the worst experiences we hear about are the normal for everyone. It isn't. Yes, there are problems that need to be fixed, but that is true for anything we use. And when it comes to healthcare, those problems do happen in the private sector.

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    The key is to get your own information and be prepared, whether you are using VA or private insurance/benefits(?)/hospitals. And followup. If I called to get an appointment with a place, and didn't hear back for a while (as in a week or two), I would be following up, not just waiting for them. People can even make mistakes that could have them not get you an appointment, or you could have gotten someone who's learning and screwed it up, or you could have gotten an employee who's planning on quitting or it is their last day, and they simply don't care. All possible with private suppliers of medical care/insurance.
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    Re: Should us Veterans have any faith in the VA anymore?

    Quote Originally Posted by AJiveMan View Post
    For some veterans, the VA is all they have or all they can get for medical care, which is usually cost free for some.

    My personal experience with the VA has been good lately. Not so good a few years ago. I guess it would depend on which state or which CBOC clinic you receive care from.

    This is my new CBOC, all of the staff are professionals and provide excellent care.

    Should us Veterans have any faith in the VA anymore?-kenosha480x330-jpg
    Exactly. It all depends on where you go. Granted, the system is badly bent, but I don't know if I would go so far as to say that the entire VA system is in shambles, just because a well-known VA clinic, notorious for having problems, was.
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    Re: Should us Veterans have any faith in the VA anymore?

    Quote Originally Posted by Beaudreaux View Post
    I've stated numerous times on this forum, going back way before the current scandal came to light, that I have private insurance and civilian doctors because of the VA and their lack of competence. I have never trusted the VA to anything for me; medical, other benefits or otherwise.

    That organization has been useless for decades. Even way before Obama, even though it has gotten way worse since then.

    Hell, Bush fired General Eric K. Shinseki from the Army for incompetence, and Obama made him the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for God's sake... WHY???
    Actually Shinseki retired after speaking out about how many troops were in Iraq. He was not fired.
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    Re: Should us Veterans have any faith in the VA anymore?

    Quote Originally Posted by DA60 View Post
    I trust no one on the face of this earth. Never have, doubt I ever will. It seems naive to place your faith in anyone else but yourself. That does not mean you do not love others or look out for them. But in terms of trusting that they will be there for me? I assume they will not and if I am pleasantly surprised - bonus. If you agree or disagree with that - I really do not much care; no offense. Good day.
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    Re: Should us Veterans have any faith in the VA anymore?

    Quote Originally Posted by AJiveMan View Post
    For some veterans, the VA is all they have or all they can get for medical care, which is usually cost free for some.

    My personal experience with the VA has been good lately. Not so good a few years ago. I guess it would depend on which state or which CBOC clinic you receive care from.

    This is my new CBOC, all of the staff are professionals and provide excellent care.

    Should us Veterans have any faith in the VA anymore?-kenosha480x330-jpg

    Tell that to the families of the vets that have died, because the VA ****ed them over.
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    Re: Should us Veterans have any faith in the VA anymore?

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Tell that to the families of the vets that have died, because the VA ****ed them over.
    You mad?

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    Re: Should us Veterans have any faith in the VA anymore?

    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    Exactly. It all depends on where you go. Granted, the system is badly bent, but I don't know if I would go so far as to say that the entire VA system is in shambles, just because a well-known VA clinic, notorious for having problems, was.
    My personal opinion of VA medical in a small town in New Mexico isn't good. The place was always jammed, you couldn't hardly get anyone to answer the phone to make appointments, and their followups were really crappy. I won't mention which VA CBOC it was. Place was horrible.

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    Re: Should us Veterans have any faith in the VA anymore?

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Tell that to the families of the vets that have died, because the VA ****ed them over.
    I am the wife of a 100% disabled veteran, and I will tell you that a veteran's life is no more valuable than anyone else's. You start complaining like this, and you need to add in all the other hospitals who've had patients die. VA hospitals are not the only ones who are have problems. They ALL do.
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