Army vet billed $3,000 for war wounds

  1. 2 (CNN) -- Erik Roberts, an Army sergeant who was wounded in Iraq, underwent his 13th surgery recently to save his right leg from amputation. Imagine his shock when he got a bill for $3,000 for his treatment.
    Army Sgt. Erik Roberts was badly wounded in Iraq with two comrades in April 2006.




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    "I just thought it was bull---- that I'm getting billed for being wounded in Iraq doing my job. I always put the mission first, and now that I was wounded in Iraq, they're sending me bills," he said.
    "I put my life on the line and I was wounded in combat, and I came back and they're not going to take care of my medical bills?"
    It's a level of outrage shared by his mother, as well as the doctor who performed the surgery.

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/03/26/wou...ies#cnnSTCText
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  4. Visit  Batman24 profile page
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    God bless the Senator for stepping in and resolving this issue but it should never even come to that. Despicable.
  5. Visit  tntrn profile page
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    I believe that President Obama proposed making that the norm. For a soldier injured during service to pay for it him/herself or through their private insurance. That has been taken off the table since. Thank goodness.

    What a slap in the face of our military people for him to even suggest such a thing.
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    Quote from Batman24
    Despicable.

    Agreed!
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    It's the red tape machine again. I would have had to tell him the VA wouldn't pay his bill if he had come to my facility... I'm glad Sen. Brown stepped in.
    I agree... it's terrible.
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    Quote from tntrn
    I believe that President Obama proposed making that the norm. For a soldier injured during service to pay for it him/herself or through their private insurance. That has been taken off the table since. Thank goodness.

    What a slap in the face of our military people for him to even suggest such a thing.
    If this is the case I have lost all respect for the President. Maybe someone pointed out that his re-election would suffer? While I am not American I felt a kick in the guts when I read the article, one group that I believe should be held high in respect are Veterans, WIA's should be not only looked after but compensated and retrained for another career. When this type of thing happens I can see it hurting not only the Veterans but society as a whole.
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    Quote from tntrn
    I believe that President Obama proposed making that the norm. For a soldier injured during service to pay for it him/herself or through their private insurance. That has been taken off the table since. Thank goodness.

    What a slap in the face of our military people for him to even suggest such a thing.
    You better have a source for something so inflammatory.

    You know better tntrn...

    Tsk Tsk
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    Not only does he get sent to a BS war, he then gets slapped with a bill. Nice...NOT. :angryfire
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    Quote from Stanley-RN2B
    You better have a source for something so inflammatory.

    You know better tntrn...

    Tsk Tsk
    i would also like to see where that came from.
    last time i checked, president obama was fighting for better care of our vets and implementing a universal health care system so that we all could have health care.

    that is a shame and i'm glad it was taken care of. god bless him and all others like him who were wounded in iraq.
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    Quote from tntrn
    I believe that President Obama proposed making that the norm. For a soldier injured during service to pay for it him/herself or through their private insurance. That has been taken off the table since. Thank goodness.

    What a slap in the face of our military people for him to even suggest such a thing.
    No, no. no-

    Here is what Obama actually proposed-

    In order to get around delays in approval for VA treatment, give vets the choice of going to any hospital or doc they want, and so that vets who do not live near a VA would not have to travel-

    Obama proposed allowing vets to go anywhere they want, that the bills would have to be covered by a vet's private ins (if they even have it) and that the insurance company would then have to seek reimbursement from the VA.

    The above is being inacurately reported by ultra conservative media (CBN, Fox) who freak out at everything Obama does.
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    Check your facts first...



    Obama Passed An Amendment, Which Became Law, Preventing The VA From Conducting A Review Of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Cases Aimed At Reducing Benefits. In 2005, Obama was an original cosponsor of an amendment that became law preventing the VA from conducting a review of cases, without first providing Congress with a complete report regarding the implementation of such review. In November 2005, the VA announced that it was abandoning its planned review. "Obama had several generations of veterans in mind, he suggested, when he joined fellow Democrats Richard Durbin (Ill.), Patty Murray (Wash.) and Daniel Akaka (Hawai'i) Sept. 22 on a successful amendment to block the Department of Veterans Affairs from reviewing case files of 72,000 veterans rated 100-percent disabled by post-traumatic stress disorder...VA officials believe some PTSD claims have been decided for veterans without proper documentation. They announced their massive review only after the VA inspector general studied 2,100 randomly selected cases of PTSD disability awards and found that 25 percent lacked documents to verify that a traumatic, service-connected incident occurred...But the Senate's amendment would bar the VA from conducting its case review until it justifies the program to Congress." [SA 1864 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote, 9/22/05; Became Public Law No: 109-114; Military Update, 10/3/05]

    Obama Passed Legislation, Which Became Law, Improving And Increasing Services For Homeless Veterans. In 2006, Congress passed a Veterans Affairs Committee bill which included several provisions originating in Obama's SAVE Act (S. 1180) and Homes for Heroes Act (S. 3475). "The legislation...includes a number of proposals from legislation Senator Obama had previously introduced (S.1180, the SAVE Act and S.3475 the Homes for Heroes Act) to expand and improve services for homeless veterans. The bill permanently authorizes and increases funding to $130 million per year for a competitive grant program to provide homeless services to veterans. It greatly increases a successful program to provide rental vouchers to homeless veterans. The legislation extends programs to providing treatment for veterans with mental illnesses and other special needs. And it permanently extends VA's ability to transfer property it owns to homeless shelters." [S. 3421/P.L. 109-461; S. 1180, 109th Congress; S. 3475, 109th Congress; Obama Press Release, 6/26/06]

    Obama Passed Legislation Extending Tax Credits For Military Families By Allowing Service Members Deployed In War Zones To Apply Non-Taxable Combat Pay To The EITC.
    In 2006, Congress passed legislation based on a proposal sponsored by Obama, Kerry, and Pryor that extended tax credits for military families by allowing service members deployed to war zones to apply their non-taxable combat pay toward the Earned Income Tax Credit. The amendment was introduced during debate on the Senate's 2006 tax reconciliation bill, ruled out of order, but later included in the Gulf Opportunity Zone Act, which passed both chambers and became law on December 22, 2005. [H.R. 4440, Became P.L. 109-135, 12/22/05; SA 2616, 109th Congress]


    Obama Passed An Amendment, Which Became Law, To Require The VA To Conduct A Campaign To Inform Disabled Vets Of Disparities In Compensation And Explaining Their Rights To Seek Review. In 2005, Obama was an original cosponsor on an amendment requiring the VA to conduct a campaign to inform veterans in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Connecticut, Ohio and New Jersey about their right to seek a review of their past claims. Specifically, the legislation required the VA to send letters to all veterans currently receiving disability who live in six states with a past history of below-average disability compensation, informing them of the past disparity, and explaining how to request a review of past claims and ratings and how to submit new claims. The VA was also required to inform all other veterans whose past claims may have been properly denied of this disparity by other means such as broadcast of print advertising. States whose average annual disability compensation payment was less than $7,300 qualified as below average. In 2003, Illinois veterans received an average of $6,802. The amendment became law on November 30, 2005. [S. Amdt. 1865, Passed by Voice Vote, 9/22/05, to H.R.2528, Signed by the President and Became Public Law No: 109-114 on 11/30/05]


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