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My VA Experiences Post - Retirement
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My VA Experiences Post  -  Retirement

There seems to be a growing concern in the USA that our veterans are not get quality care for the VA. I cannot speak for all of these veterans. I can only offer my experiences and opinions of the care I have personally received. I have been retired for almost six years now, and in that time my personal dealings with the VA have been top notch. I have received loving, respectful, attentive care in all facets of my care as an active user of the veteran offered services.

I have utilized the mail pharmacy program and have used both mental and physical health services with great success. The people were always nice and seemed to legitimately care about my health and well-being. The personnel at the Veterans Benefit Center were honest, forthright and truthful in all dealings I had with them. They helped me fill out the many forms to apply for my benefits and even assisted me with setting up my initial intake appointments with the VA.

I have service connected disabilities and they have been a true Godsend of a resource for me. Have I been lucky? I am not convinced. The fellow Veterans that I visited with in the hospitals all agreed that the care was better than they had heard rumors about. As I stated earlier, these are only my opinions, and to date I have no reason not to trust the VA Healthcare System.

The VA hospitals I visited were constantly updating facilities and most of the people who worked there seemed to like their jobs. It is easy to talk to these people and they do really seem to be attentive and supportive. Many of them thanked me for my service and almost all of them were eager to help me with getting around the hospitals. One reason I started using the VA was because I felt like my civilian general practitioner was a bit limited in what they could do for me. I reached out to the VA even though I had heard the horror stories about inefficient care.

I am glad I ignored the rumors and partook of the many services of the VA hospitals. the doctors and staff made me feel welcome. They helped me through a tough time in my life and it was nice to meet others with similar problems. As a PTSD daily survivor, I am grateful to the Veterans Administration for the group therapy sessions and the individual sessions as well. It is nice to know too that should I need them again, they will be there for me. I also appreciate that they do not limit me to a certain number of visits or sessions like the civilian health insurances often do.

If I am unique in this estimation of my experiences with the VA, then I hope you will voice your concerns and let them know where they can better help you. They seem open to suggestions. If you have issues with them please call them at 1-877-222-VETS (8387). I also know of a site on the web where you can share your experiences and vent about any concerns you may have. This site is open for comments and there may be someone there that can help with advice and information.


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I also use the VA here in my hometown. I have nothing but good things to say about them. thanks for an informative article

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  about 7 years ago

Thanks John, I am glad for us that the media is being proven wrong!

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  about 7 years ago

So good to hear you are having and getting the good care you are from the VA...I'm a Vet but have never used the service but don't hear much complaints about the VA Hospital in my area...

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  about 7 years ago

Thanks Kevin. Well they have been bad mouthing the VA Healthcare System in the press lately, But I have had good things only to say about the care. If you want to look into it, the VA benefits can be helpful from time to time. Even with out a service connected Disability people can still get some benefits.

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  about 7 years ago

Thanks Rodney...no disability but I should check and see what benefits I can receive.

  
  about 7 years ago
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