<TABLE id=HB_Mail_Container height="100%" cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%" border=0 UNSELECTABLE="on"><TBODY><TR height="100%" UNSELECTABLE="on" width="100%"><TD id=HB_Focus_Element vAlign=top width="100%" background="" height=250 UNSELECTABLE="off">I was speaking to my neighbor yesterday at the post office regarding this issue. He is a Nam vet, retired after 22 years active duty. He told me his brother and several other guys he is in contact with are considering moving back here, or to Virginia, southern Ohio, just to be able to access their VA care. He is happy with the care he is offered here, says he can see his doc in a quicker manner than his brother and can be sent to many of the local facilities for services they wait weeks and months for. I know my SIL moved his parents here and his father died in a VA nursing home in NH after being denied essential care in Fla. for years. My SIL was astonished at how swiftly his father was gotten into the system, given tests, meds, and set up for services with an agency that works with the family to seek out ways to cope with terminal illness after the way his father was neglected in Fla. I know our vets are very active in the local area, very vocal regarding their services, and get care at 2 local facilities that work with the VA. I know 3 medical schools
here work closely with the VA and that gives the vets a way into the larger clinics at these facilities. I just hate it that some vets are having to make changes more related to where they can get care than why the care is needed. A friend of mine in Mississippi says he is feeling the pressure of vets moving to his area from Texas. Yes, even after the mess from the storm they are better served in Mississippi than Texas. I agree that many people just hang in there with government jobs and do not seem to care how they do those jobs. That is human nature, most of us do not do our best when we are not forced to do our best, but I am still angry, sad, and worried that our Vets are not being treated with respect, kindness, and concern. Blessings to all and maybe a little more prayer will help move some of these mountains.
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