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Re: Iraq/ VA hospitals

Well I kind of think that it would help if it was explained CLEARLY to
folks who go into the military that just because certain benefits exist
at the time of their enrollment, it doesn't mean those benefits will
last a lifetime, and that those benefits are always, always subject to
change under new legislation...

Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

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

 --- On Thu 02/05, cathy carpenter < cathyc@rnet.com > wrote:
From: cathy carpenter [mailto: cathyc@rnet.com]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2004 17:13:19 -0600
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Iraq/ VA hospitals

So many suffer because unthinking/ignorant people promulgate false
<br>information. Many recruiters "sold" military careers based on a
<br>"guaranteed" health care benefit for life, when in reality, it was
<br>always "space A", and even that dependent on government decisions
that <br>might downsize or close health care facilities. I had the less
than <br>enviable task of explaining this to those whose health care
facilities <br>were being closed in the mid Atlantic states. Not
fun.<br>Cathy<br>On Thursday, February 5, 2004, at 04:20 AM, Melody
wrote:<br><br>> Cathy: My dad's 100% disability was service
connected...a gunshot wound<br>> to the knee in WWII, another gunshot
wound to the same knee in Korea,<br>> and a broken neck/back falling off
an upper deck onto a flight deck of <br>> a<br>> carrier...and although
he did get priority service over non-service<br>> connected vets, it may
have amounted to the difference between sit down<br>> and wait for 3
hrs. instead of 6...and admission into an inpatient bed<br>> ahead of
non-service connected vets. What really torqued me though is<br>> that
he lived his whole life believing that my mom would get a widow's<br>>
pension when he died...completely unaware of the fact that the
benefit<br>> had changed to include the stipulation that the vet must
have died as a<br>> direct consequence of the service connected
disability...he died of<br>> lung/bone cancer and therefore my mother
got not one dime and at age 66<br>> had to return to work after caring
for my dad for the last few years of<br>> his life.<br>><br>><br>><br>>
Melody, IA (Z 5/4)<br>><br>> "The most beautiful thing we can experience
is the mysterious."<br>> --Albert
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