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The Desolate State of Veterans Affairs

Pam53 Wrote: Feb 15, 2013 4:42 PM
While I absolutely agree that we (the U. S.) should do all we can for our vets, there's something fishy about this whole story. The guy had 4 more years (after 16) to go to get retirement (or whatever the term is in the military). It just seems there's more here than meets the eye.
RiffRaff Wrote: Feb 15, 2013 5:22 PM
Untless the system changed since I retired, retirement begins at 20 years of svs. TRICARE is in place for sponsors and family members until 65 when Medicare replaces it. For $109/mo, usually taken from one's SS check, a member can keep TRICARE as a wraparound to Medicare. Injured Vets who are medically retired are treated differently.

When a person enters the service the rules are laid out and everyone knows 20 years begins eligibility for retirement. 19 years and you get nothing. Too bad, so sad, the choice is yours. Again, I'm not a medically retired vet so I can't speak to their programs. Part of the problem is a Big Government Republican is writing this article so that last para is his opinion. Injured VETs deserve protection
jds vet Wrote: Feb 15, 2013 6:17 PM
If you get a medical and the MEB comes back 30% or more you have all of the same thing as if you made your 20. under 30% you get a lump sum payment based on the years and rank.

The VA gives free mental health care to any vet. Everyone goes to a TAP to learn of the programs and how to use them. If he had a problem with PTSD before getting out he could have been 50% and VA by law had to give him 50% too.
Something does not smell right Anyone can say he is the shooter and the DoD will not say one way or the other.
RiffRaff Wrote: Feb 15, 2013 7:33 PM
Thanks. I would contend the military does a good job of taking care of its own but a guys gotta know the system and what to do. Sleeping through the TAP is not the military's fault. Could it be better, yeah. I've been in some military hospitals I wouldn't want to die in but they were still head and shoulders above some foreign hospitals I've visited.

Earlier this week during an interview with Esquire, the SEAL who killed Osama Bin Laden discussed what happened following his retirement from the Navy:

"I left SEALs on Friday. My health care for me and my family stopped at midnight Friday night. I asked if there was some transition from my Tricare to Blue Cross Blue Shield. They said no. You're out of the service, your coverage is over. Thanks for your sixteen years."

The shooter, not even two years removed from the Bin Laden operation, still struggles to receive support from the U.S. government.