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I was told by the VA that i make too much money to ever receive any benifits I wish they had told me that when I was gonna get drafted during vietnam maybe I would have just stayed home and made some money instead of getting that big $90 a month pay check while my wife and son starved while back home thanks alot
A few years ago I went to a Dr. clinic in Denver to be evaluated for disability. While stationed in the Philippines I maintained the film processing machines that processes the recon film flights. We handled film developer without proper skin protection or ventilation. At times I would be preparing the film processing machines when a lab person would be filling the tanks with developer. The power panel that I would have to check at the same time was right in front of the tank. It ran on 440 volts. There was a splash guard that the lab person was supposed to insert it in front of the tank. When the developer ran down the front and into the panel it would give off toxic vapor. There were a couple of times that this happened. When I would get done with my shift I would go to bed. I would wake up in the middle of the night and have respiratory distress and have to sit up until I could breath normally again. I had gone to the clinic and was given medication to help me breath when I had trouble again. Several years ago I ran across MSDS safety sheets for the developer. The Dr. in Denver said there was no records of any of this. I said that medical records are archived in D.C..
She denied this and that was it. I now have stage 3 kidney disease. which was missed by my VA Dr.. I found about this when I requested copies of the last 8 yrs of my labs so I could see when my PSA started to rise. I was only sent the labs for 2009. I was still being prescribed a strong form of NSAID when the top of the lab sheet recommended that I see a Nephrologist. My sister in law, a retired Nurse said that if they were caught developing x rays without proper protection that they would be fired. Agent Orange was dangerous and so was developer yet few people know about this danger.
On another note could the VA make it clear when a veteran can go to a civilian Dr. or hospital or urgent care and the VA will or not pay for it. I am about 70 miles away from the hospital I am assigned to, Cheyenne, Wyo.. Also could the clinics be educated as to what the rules are? It cost me $1500. to have my infected gall bladder taken out and a few hours later a stone that was in a lube that was the cause, removed. Was in hosp. 16 days and back in the ER for c-diff.. Dr. O’Brien got promoted. Shortly after I did not get my Rx. for clonazepam on time and I ran out. I had seizures for two nights and couldn’t eat. I had to go to my civilian /dr. to get enough to get me by until whomever dropped the ball got it right. Then they decided I needed to see a Shrink or three. One of them gave me something in place of what I use and I jumped awake from sleep and checked my pulse. It was 100. I then checked my ekg with the Kardia device that works with my smart phone. and it showed Possible A Fib. I pay Kardia $99. a year to fax a reading to my cardiologist who I had to make an appointment with to get checked. I had to pay $30 for the visit and $35. for a larger EKG check. I took a 15 Mo. intensive class in which we had to be ok’d by a Psychiatrist to see if we could handle the stress that the course created. It was five or six one hours sessions. He prescribed me two medications that I would have to take the rest of my life. This was in the early 90’s. It was a new therapy called Rebirthing. It uses connected breathing to bring up suppressed feelings. Dr. John Alston was the psychiatrist. Please spend more effort in getting the health benefits straightened out and clarified so we know what exactly the benefits are. Thank you for your time.
Please do a piece on the beautiful buildings built for Veterans Administration by FDR.. they were unique in design. And remember in crisis FDR said .. Do the best you can , with what you have, where you are.
I encourage you to consider this my friends.
How can we help our vets and become Crisis Counselors or just be able to reach out and tend to their needs?
When will VA Medical Centers reopen to veterans for medical care (non-COVID-19)?
When will VA Medical Centers reopen to veterans for medical care (non-COVID -19) in North Dakota?
What about the CAPT. James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago, IL?
The only time I think of suicide is when I call the veterans administration/hospital.
Joel, that speaks volumes. I keep telling one of my providers at my VA the reason so many veterans are committing suicide is because of the way the VA is pushing veterans out and refusing to maintain the human contact and interactions veterans need. My biggest examples are, sign in on that kiosk for your appointment, do your travel on that kiosk, check the status of your upcoming appointments online. And now, veterans in rural areas will be going to WALMART to be able to have video appointments. My VA recently CANCELLED a lot of appointments, it was a mass cancellation “due to the virus” My question is why didn’t they just convert as many as they could to telephone appointments or video? The VA is just making up excuses now not to have to see veterans in person. I see many many more veteran suicides happening before we ever get anyone running the veterans’ administration that has any brains.
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