Not the usual profile you might think of, these caregivers of wounded warriors. Most of them are young. Many are parenting young children while holding down full-time jobs.
“I should have the same health care that the Senators and Congressman that sent me to war have.”
That’s what former Marine Lu Lobello said to me in an email after a harrowing experience with the VA…not filing the claim, nor proving the need, and not even the wait for benefits or medical treatment. All that had been done. This was something simpler. He was moving to Las Vegas and needed his prescription mailed to the new address. One time.
In January of 2014, CNN reported that at least 19 veterans had died because of delays in diagnosis and treatment at VA hospitals. In January of 2013 I posted a blog here about the VA’s backlog of claims and the fact that, according to The Bay Citizen, retroactive benefits had been paid to nearly 19,500 veterans who died waiting.
In my last post I talked about the effect of the fall of Fallujah on veterans. Veterans of all eras. Not just the ones who served in Anbar province or in other parts of Iraq in 2004 when both Battles of Fallujah took place. You read that right: both. The battles in April and December of that year were among the fiercest, the bloodiest.
When the news hit about an al-Qaeda-affiliated force taking control of Fallujah, I knew I’d be hearing from vets. Especially the Marine vets in Florida I’d known since 2008 when a buddy of theirs whom I’d treated for PTSD here in Los Angeles, asked me if I’d work with them and then handed me a plane ticket to Florida.
Here’s something to sink your chompers into! The VA is rolling out a dental insurance program. FINALLY!
Brace yourself. At last you’ll have a chance to fill the largest gap in your medical coverage. (Puns intended). It’s about time, isn’t it?
The Veterans Administration Dental Insurance Program is hot off the press…just started November 15. Coverage takes effect on January 1st. It’s the VA’s way of saying Happy New Year.
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