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Re: Iraq/ VA hospitals

Cathy: My dad's 100% disability was service connected...a gunshot wound
to the knee in WWII, another gunshot wound to the same knee in Korea,
and a broken neck/back falling off an upper deck onto a flight deck of a
carrier...and although he did get priority service over non-service
connected vets, it may have amounted to the difference between sit down
and wait for 3 hrs. instead of 6...and admission into an inpatient bed
ahead of non-service connected vets. What really torqued me though is
that he lived his whole life believing that my mom would get a widow's
pension when he died...completely unaware of the fact that the benefit
had changed to include the stipulation that the vet must have died as a
direct consequence of the service connected disability...he died of
lung/bone cancer and therefore my mother got not one dime and at age 66
had to return to work after caring for my dad for the last few years of
his life.

Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."    
--Albert Einstein

 --- On Tue 02/03, cathy carpenter < cathyc@rnet.com > wrote:
From: cathy carpenter [mailto: cathyc@rnet.com]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2004 16:17:05 -0600
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Iraq/ VA hospitals

Actually, the priority at the VA has to do with "service connected
<br>disabilities". They a primarily tasked to care for those with
medical <br>problems incurred while in/related to military service -
anything else <br>is secondary.<br>Cathy<br>On Tuesday, February 3,
2004, at 08:42 AM, TeichFlora@aol.com wrote:<br><br>> I agree with your
views on VA hospitals. Rank has little to do with it<br>> though, but
there is a major distinction placed on someone that gave <br>> their
life<br>> (retired) or someone that only put in a few years. There
should not <br>> be, but<br>> there is. Much has to do with economic
status. Most veterans are <br>> able to hold<br>> jobs, so have health
insurance through their jobs.<br>> Unfortunately, the veterans that were
wounded badly <br>> enough...physically or<br>> mentally....are the ones
that are not able to hold jobs and are the <br>> ones that go<br>> to
the VA hospitals....especially the Vietnam Veterans.<br>> Noreen<br>>
zone 9<br>> Texas Gulf
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