Originally Posted by TOM H
I applied for benefit under Agent Orange only problem was wife and I file joint returns so made too much money but if I wanted to file on my own I get them. Got a letter from VA after I turned 65 and told me to re-apply and said hell with it. Got to love this country screw the vietnam vets
you really need to reapply to counter events that have yet to suface. They now have a list a mile long of stuff that's been linked to it. Plus if something surfaces, your ahead of the game.
I switched my health care about 18 months ago to the VA from Blue Cross (still carry it thru work), and couldn't be happier. Just now finishing up with a serious infection that had more than one doctor baffled, and they put me in with a team of specialists that have virtually gone out of their way to get me fixed up again. The medicine alone was grossly expensive, and there was never a whimper out of them over it (I'd still be fighting with Blue Cross). Ain't nothing like it was forty years ago
Now I'm not one of the guys that likes to wrap himself up in the flag or anything like that. All I wanted to do was come back home and go back to work as if nothing had ever happened prior to that event. I didn't join a veterans organization till three years ago, and even then it took a lot of pushing and prodding to get me to walk in the door. I should have done it forty years ago! I kinda think of President Reagan as the guy that started the VA turn around and of course others have done a fine job as well later. Even Obama has done a good bit. But I think it was the younger Bush that really turned the corner with the VA. Sometimes I think society has fallen on a guilt trip over the way the Vietnam Vet was treated on his return, and maybe there's truth to it. But I think the newer guys would be in the same boat if it were not for us old guys getting into the folks in Washington's face everyday of the week
Anyway; "welcome home brother!"