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In response to:

Mend, Don’t End, the VA

Hendry B. Wrote: Aug 12, 2014 9:38 PM
"Amid all the systemic scandals has emerged a familiar outcry to collapse the system: give veterans vouchers, and let them go to any facility that will take them. Such an argument suggests that veterans do not deserve the specialized quality of care VA provides." Sorry, Mr. Dellinger! Veterans well-deserve the very same local or specialized care other citizens have! It is excellent! Keep a limited VA organization, One branch to administer the VA, "medical insurance” system (like Blue Cross would do — or let B.C. competitively manage it!), another branch to administer the disability compensation system, and another branch to support medical research specifically directed to military-related medical problems. Example: There is no reason for a person with a damaged hearing problem, already determined to be service-connected, to wait for an extended period to contact an audiologist at a major VA Center, when there is a qualified audiologist in his own downtown! As it is now, the VA will partially-reimburse the veteran for driving to a VA center for treatment (partial reimbursement? Yes, VA employees get full reimbursement for travel per gov't regs, but a veteran's reimbursement for same is at 50%!). At least until recently, American citizens have had a competitive, world-class medical system. Why exclude veterans from utilizing it, and force them to use a bureaucratic system that will never be other than non-accountable! Why are we considered second-class citizens after our service?
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