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Re: Iraq/ VA hospitals


Well, I'm still waiting for someone to explain to me CLEARLY why
> folks who pay into Social Security, 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...  ;+)

Kitty


From: "Melody" <mhobertm@excite.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, February 06, 2004 2:55 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] 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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