PATRICK KOVACK shared-"Injured in iraq have been to VA several times and told we are not taking new patients....ummmm really . I sustained a shoulder njury in 08 that has yet to be diagnosed my clavical sticks up around an inch over my shoulder .. no diagnosis available.thank you uncle sam . I still report to drill and train just like before only now it takes a week or so to get to where i can use my shoulder again ....firing side."
RG POHL shared-" I too was told by the Houston Texas Veterans Hospital that the Army DOES NOT cause Hypertention (High Blood Pressure) because of war time service.
I draw NO benefits and am NOT entitled to any Benefits because of my 8 years of active service.
I quit even trying long ago because of the VA being so corrupt in their service.
Only active duty wounds and documented medical problems are/were even considered for any type of assistance.
I am now Totally Disabled due to heart...
I am now Totally Disabled due to heart failure which required quad-bypass of which Only two could be done because of the extensive damage to the heart.
Now the State of Texas has deemed me disabled and gave me Medicade. God Bless Texas! And the surgeons who did the operation and waited to be paid untill My Disability started.
They weren't evey really concerned with payment. And the St Joseph Hospital in Bryan Texas for assisting in my care while there. "
LOWELL B shared-"These are our family friends and neighbors who served when called.
The least we can do is pressure Congress, the VA and DOD into doing the right thing.
The strategy all three are following is vicious. It is the same strategy insurance companies use to avoid paying claims. It is known as, "Deny through delay."
It is particularly ugly where the treatment requested means the difference between life and death.
A veteran suffering from any number of service connected...
A veteran suffering from any number of service connected disabilities is in a desperate position.
Waiting a year to get a decision is simply unacceptable.
How many Congressmen, VA employees, or DOD civilians, would put up with a 1 year delay awaiting treatment for an injury incurred in their work?"
MSG ADAM SMITH shared "I was one of those Soldiers who lived for 7 months at Fort Benning after returning from Iraq in WTB(medical hold) and had to fight the entire time to be treated like my Active Duty Brethren.
We have a broken system."
KATHERINE HYER shared-"I was a guard member and I Know guard members that are being denied treatment."
SGM PAMMY SAN MIGUEL shared-"When the Reserve and National Guard Soldiers are being ordered to step into the Active Duty component, and fulfill the same requirements which includes putting their lives on the line, then all medical treatment should be the same.
I was Active Duty and am now a Reservist, and I had to fight to get my medical treatment.
Something is definitely wrong in our Military Healthcare System, when a SGM with 23 years of service has to fight to get treatment."
LOGAN DOERFLER shared-"I am in the ORNG and know several soldiers under similar circumstances.
This is broken. And must be fixed."
MARYJANE BASKA shared "
Have been involved in 12 operations, deployed overseas for 8 of them.
On a positive note, I was taken care of very well after an injury when deployed in 2003.
Unfortunately, I later tore my rotator cuff, was misdiagnosed, and taken off orders.
NEVER did get taken care of the way an active duty person would have.
Despite what they told my congressman (Saxton), they never followed through on what they said they would do."
MARY PHOENIX shared-"
This has come to be a passion of mine as I have a son who is a wounded warrior and the treatment he has gotten is aweful.
I will keep spreading the word I want all Americans to know what is going on."
JAMES FURTH shared-
"The Guard/Reserve Forces are hard put upon by today's defense requirements.
The existing regulations are out of date, to say the least.
Without OUR support and YOUR involvement we could lose this necessary arm of our National Defense."