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    VA Benefits

    As a veteran, are you pleased with your VA health care benefits?
    Were your VA benefits adequate during the past 8 years of the Obama administration?
    What VA benefit changes do you desire during the current Trump administration?

    https://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/cost/

    Health Benefits
    Determine Cost of Care

    Many Veterans qualify for cost-free health care services based on a compensable service-connected condition or other qualifying factors.
    Copays

    Some Veterans may be required to pay a copay for treatment of their nonservice-connection conditions. While some Veterans qualify for free health care based on certain eligibilities, most Veterans will be required to complete a financial assessment at the time of enrollment to determine whether they are eligible for enrollment and for free health care services. If the Veteran's gross household (including spouse and dependents, if applicable) income exceeds the VA income limits, the Veteran may be required to pay a copay for health care services.

    Financial Assessment & Income Verification

    Most Veterans not receiving VA disability compensation or pension payments must complete a financial assessment at the time of enrollment to determine if they qualify for free VA healthcare. Most non-service connected and non-compensable 0% service connected Veterans who report their total gross household income under VA’s Income limits may be subject to income verification. For more information regarding VA’s income verification process, see Income Verification

    Private Health Care Insurance

    Providing health insurance information may reduce or eliminate copays. Veterans with health insurance may choose to use their private health insurance to supplement their VA benefits. Payments from private health insurance usually cover copay expenses for VA health care. Having private health insurance does not affect eligibility for VA health care.


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    https://www.va.gov/opa/persona/index.asp

    I am a Veteran


    Veterans of the United States Uniformed Services may be eligible for a broad range of programs and services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Eligibility for most VA benefits is based upon discharge from active military service under other than dishonorable conditions.

    Health Care



    VA Health Benefits include all the necessary inpatient hospital care and outpatient services to promote, preserve, or restore your health. VHA medical facilities provide a wide range of services including traditional hospital-based services such as surgery, critical care, mental health, orthopedics, pharmacy, radiology and physical therapy.
    YOUR HEALTH CARE BENEFITS









    TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF








    SPECIALTY HEALTH PROGRAMS








    HEALTH CARE FOR SPECIFIC GROUPS








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    Benefits



    The Veterans Benefits Administration offers a wide-variety of benefits and services to Veterans. Eligibility for most VA benefits is based upon discharge from active military service under other than dishonorable conditions. Active military service means full-time service, other than active duty for training, as a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, or as a commissioned officer of the Public Health Service, Environmental Science Services Administration or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or its predecessor, the Coast and Geodetic Survey.
    COMPENSATION AND PENSION









    EDUCATION AND TRAINING








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    INSURANCE








    VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION AND EMPLOYMENT








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    Burial and Memorial Services



    VA provides memorial services and allowances to help reimburse burial costs for a Veteran and/or his or her dependents. Burial benefits include burial at a national cemetery, an inscribed headstone, marker, or medallion, an allowance to partially reimburse the burial and funeral costs of a Veteran, a Presidential Memorial Certificate, and an American flag to drape over a Veteran's casket.
    Eligibility requires that the Veteran was serving on active duty, or his/her death was due to an injury or disease that developed during, or was aggravated during, active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty for training.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SeesSeas View Post
    As a veteran, are you pleased with your VA health care benefits?
    Were your VA benefits adequate during the past 8 years of the Obama administration?
    What VA benefit changes do you desire during the current Trump administration?
    I have not been eligible for most VA healthcare benefits as I am not in a priority grouping.

    I would like to see VA benefits extended to all veterans, and see VA reform that allows for more clinics, more physicians, and more accessibility. Unfortunately, I don't see that happening, as cuts are already being proposed to the VA budget across the board.

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    I think the Trump administration will make significant improvements in veterans’ healthcare.

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/171596/pr...ns-health.aspx
    POLITICS | JUNE 13, 2014
    Most in U.S. Want to Prioritize Improving Veterans' Health
    PRINCETON, NJ -- Improving healthcare for U.S. veterans is Americans' top legislative priority for Washington to focus on, out of nine issues now or recently in the national spotlight. Nearly nine out of 10 Americans say it is "extremely" (41%) or "very important" (46%) that the president and Congress deal with veterans' healthcare in the next year.

    Democrats and Republicans Agree on Importance of VA Repairs
    Republicans and Democrats agree more about the importance of some issues than others, but they are completely unified in assigning high importance to improving veterans' healthcare. Nine in 10 Americans from each party consider the veterans issue highly important for the president and Congress to address, including more than four in 10 calling it extremely important.

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    Under the Trump Administration, America will meet its commitments to our veterans.

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/making-ou...y-strong-again

    Let us never forget that our military is comprised of heroic people. We must also ensure that we have the best medical care, education and support for our military service members and their families – both when they serve, and when they return to civilian life.

    We will get our veterans the care they need wherever and whenever they need it. There should be no more long drives. No more wait lists or scheduling backlogs. No more excessive red tape. Just the care and support our veterans have earned through sacrifice and service to our country. The Trump Administration will transform the Department of Veterans Affairs to meet the needs of 21st century service members and of our female veterans. Our reforms will begin with firing the corrupt and incompetent VA executives who let our veterans down, modernizing the bureaucracy, and empowering the doctors and nurses to ensure our veterans receive the best care available in a timely manner.

    Under the Trump Administration, America will meet its commitments to our veterans.

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    A new analysis by the Center for American Progress finds that 459,500 veterans would lose Medicaid coverage by 2026 under the U.S. Senate Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This is an even larger number than the 441,300 veterans who would lose Medicaid coverage under the House Republicans’ plan.

    President Trump and congressional Republicans’ health care plan would take Medicaid away from more than 400,000 veterans.
    Written behind closed doors, the Senate bill—like the House bill—breaks President Donald Trump’s promises to protect Medicaid and support veterans. The House and Senate proposals also both betray veterans by permitting states to make changes to essential health benefits. These changes would reduce current protections for veterans with pre-existing conditions—including service-connected disabilities such as spinal cord injuries, amputations, and post-traumatic stress disorder—and result in large increases in medical costs for some veterans and their families.
    https://www.americanprogress.org/iss...ate-breakdown/

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    Create private White House veterans hotline

    http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-me...erans-hotline/

    Vets' hotline had its 'soft launch' on June 1


    By Louis Jacobson on Thursday, June 15th, 2017 at 5:08 p.m.
    President Donald Trump's administration completed a "soft launch" of its promised 24-hour White House hotline for veterans on June 1 and began taking calls from veterans with complaints or concerns.
    The veterans' hotline is among Trump's 10 steps to address the VA's history of long wait times and other problems.
    Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin made the announcement at the White House on May 31, 2017, the day before the official launch.
    "We're going to be testing that system, starting tomorrow, and fine-tuning it over the next several months, with the goal of it being fully operational by Aug. 15," Shulkin said.
    The phone number for the hotline is (855) 948-2311, and for now, it's open between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time.
    The hotline is designed to "collect, process and respond to the complaints of individual veterans in a responsive, timely and accountable manner," Department of Veterans Affairs officials told Military Times.
    Reporters who have called the line have had their calls picked up.

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    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/wh...rticle/2624554
    White House to launch veterans' complaint hotline
    by Sarah Westwood | May 31, 2017, 12:12 PM
    May 31, 2017, 12:12 PM
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    Last year, whistleblowers exposed the fact that the broken VA suicide line dropped roughly 1.4 million calls from veterans seeking support in a crisis.
    The White House complaints line should launch officially by Aug. 15, Shulkin said on Wednesday. Its "soft launch" will occur on Thursday, and veterans can call 855-948-2311 to voice their concerns, the VA secretary said.

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    The hotline was established by President Donald Trump to assist veterans with specific VA-related concerns.

    http://taskandpurpose.com/called-new...ne-heres-went/

    I Called The New White House Veterans’ Complaint Line. Here’s How It Went
    By JAMES CLARK
    on June 1, 2017




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    Quote Originally Posted by SeesSeas View Post
    The hotline was established by President Donald Trump to assist veterans with specific VA-related concerns.

    http://taskandpurpose.com/called-new...ne-heres-went/

    I Called The New White House Veterans’ Complaint Line. Here’s How It Went
    By JAMES CLARK
    on June 1, 2017



    That's lovely. I'd like him to call the hotline again on July 1 to see if he'd get the same level of attentiveness a month in. The fact that the dude who took his call even mentioned Donald Trump is so creepy. IMO.

    I'd also like to know how it went for Vets with specific and immediate needs. Lip service isn't worth much when someone needs help.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SeesSeas View Post
    Under the Trump Administration, America will meet its commitments to our veterans.

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/making-ou...y-strong-again

    Let us never forget that our military is comprised of heroic people. We must also ensure that we have the best medical care, education and support for our military service members and their families – both when they serve, and when they return to civilian life.

    We will get our veterans the care they need wherever and whenever they need it. There should be no more long drives. No more wait lists or scheduling backlogs. No more excessive red tape. Just the care and support our veterans have earned through sacrifice and service to our country. The Trump Administration will transform the Department of Veterans Affairs to meet the needs of 21st century service members and of our female veterans. Our reforms will begin with firing the corrupt and incompetent VA executives who let our veterans down, modernizing the bureaucracy, and empowering the doctors and nurses to ensure our veterans receive the best care available in a timely manner.

    Under the Trump Administration, America will meet its commitments to our veterans.
    This is hysterical. DJT hates veterans and the GOP has a solid record of screwing over veterans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeesSeas View Post
    I think the Trump administration will make significant improvements in veterans’ healthcare.
    I don't. Especially after seeing the nightmare of a healthcare bill the GOP is trying to get through.

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    My BIL is a GP. He worked as a physician at 4 seperate clinics around the country over the past 12 years, leaving each in frustration over the quality of care being provided to the vets that he saw. At each new placement he yearned to effect a lasting change to benefit his patients, and future patients, but the system and culture were too relentless so he finally, reluctantly was forced to leave last year for his own sanity.

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    VA Choice funding problem looms for Congress

    Last month, in testimony before the Senate, VA Secretary David Shulkin warned lawmakers that money in the Choice program funds was being spent at a faster rate than officials expected, threatening to bankrupt the program before the end of the fiscal year. Available funds dropped from about $2 billion to less than $850 million in three months.
    In a letter to the leaders of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees on June 28, nine of the largest veterans organizations petitioned lawmakers to fix the issue but added that “in order to prevent these problems from recurring in the future, we call on you to equally invest in modernizing and expanding VA’s capacity to meet rising demand for care.”
    “Toxic masculinity ruins the party again!"

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