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Posted on Sep 1, 2020
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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SSG Kim Gilster
This is not women veteran specific but I am wondering why community care chiropractic and acupuncture has been changed to only allow 12 initial treatments then 8 and 8? Many of us suffer from chronic pain and the current medications are of little to no help. However; acupuncture and chiropractic treatments really help a lot. We are not allowed the opiods that once helped us (only 5% of patients became addicted) yet, when we find treatments that do help, we are denied effective treatment.
To make matters worse, the practitioners are now being asked to do an unusual amount of paperwork and being treated as if they are VA employees instead of those contracted by the VA. My current acupuncturist who sees 12 veterans is gong to finish with us and then no longer take VA insurance because of this. I'm sure she is not the only one.
Sgt Tammy Holbrook-Cain
Sgt Tammy Holbrook-Cain
28 d
Kavitha Reddy Each time my visit get close to ending I contacted Community Care to request more visits. Each time my Chiro sends my records. And then it gets sent back to PM&R but it stops there. I then contact PM&R . They tell me I need to go through my Primary Care Dr. Its just a constant run around .
SSG Kim Gilster
SSG Kim Gilster
24 d
Kavitha Reddy - My chiro and acupuncturist have done this. Not just for me but also for others. I do get approved for more treatment but it's just the standard as if I am being treated for an injury and not chronic pain. My acupuncturist and I even attempted to get ahold of someone who explain what the issue was/is and nobody gets back to us. Then there is the run around like some others have expressed here. It's not just me and my practitioners other patients are experiencing the same.
A friend of mine sees the same acupuncturist. He is still on a bit of oxycodone. But his PCP and the acupuncturist have explained that he has gone from 3 pills a day to 1 or 2 a week with treatment. They just recently denied him his next round of treatments. This man has had his entire back rebuilt and has been in chronic pain for years.
SSG Kim Gilster
SSG Kim Gilster
24 d
Sgt Tammy Holbrook-Cain - Yes. I get told that my primary care has to submit for more and then my primary care gets told she cannot do that. That it has to be submitted by my acupuncturist and chiro. They did submit it but it has been denied as no proof of improvement when in fact, she showed improvement and I certainly have improved. Of course; with chronic conditions it needs maintenance. They are telling us we are supposed to be doing this for chronic pain but they do not treat the process as if it is available for those with chronic pain. I cannot take the meds. They all make things worse for me. They alleviate less pain and the side effects make it so I cannot function at all. Some even had effects that made is terribly sick and I almost ended up at the ER.
Sgt Tammy Holbrook-Cain
Sgt Tammy Holbrook-Cain
24 d
SSG Kim Gilster I hope you find a way to get the care you need. Dont give up searching for help. I know i won't. God bless and take care of yourself.
SSG J E.
What is the best route to start talking about military sexual trauma in order to heal from it?
SPC Amber McGee
SPC Amber McGee
1 mo
Exactly what you're doing! Find someone, anyone who will listen with an ear that's QUALIFIED to give you advice on how to heal, then decide for yourself if it is advice you can live with.
Capt Dr. Pat Engelhardt
Capt Dr. Pat Engelhardt
1 mo
The VA Healthcare Psychological Services has MST Couselors, as well as your local VET Center. Seek a licensed Psychologist and Counselor. There are also Women's MST groups available through VA and VET Centers for added supports. I've used these services and like them very much!
PO2 Gennail Clark-Owens
PO2 Gennail Clark-Owens
1 mo
Why did it take so long for me to get matched with treatment for MST? It is going on two years and I am just now getting a treatment plan for 12 weeks starting this week.
Sara Eichstaedt
Sara Eichstaedt
28 d
A) Speaking about experiences of military sexual trauma (MST) can be an important part of recovery for some survivors. There are many ways in which to do this and not everyone needs mental health treatment but for many, therapy can be a safe environment to talk about and work through your experiences. The focus of mental health treatment will vary based on your needs and preferences and there are many different types of treatment possible; for example, if a survivor is not yet ready to speak about their experiences, there are other directions treatment can go. If you are not currently in mental health treatment, consider reaching out to the MST Coordinator at your local VA facility (http://www.va.gov/directory). He or she can help you connect with services and answer any questions about services that you may have. You can also contact one of VA’s Vet Centers (http://www.vetcenter.va.gov) and ask about options for MST-related mental health counseling there. As a reminder, VA provides all MST-related care free of charge and eligibility is expansive: some individuals may be able to receive MST-related care even if they are not eligible for other VA care. I hope this is helpful, and best wishes in your continued recovery.
Lt Col Charlie Brown
How do we connect the Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces resiliency workshops (free to veterans) to our women vets who need it? We have virtual versions available as well. Who would be the POC for this?
Andi Martinez
Andi Martinez
1 mo
Visit here to find out more about the Resiliency program. To learn more about other Red Cross SAF programs to support members of the military and our veterans, contact your local Red Cross chapter. https://www.redcross.org/get-help/military-families/deployment-services/register-reconnection-workshops.html
SrA Heather Luesing
SrA Heather Luesing
1 mo
Very interested in what this program does, could you elaborate? I would be able to research more in my area, I have many resources I am using, to include CWT (a work program for vets in the VA system, the American Legion who gave me emergency housing and hooked me up with the CWT people, and I was just approved for HUD-VASH)
MSG Aurea Franklin
MSG Aurea Franklin
28 d
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My name is Aurea Franklin. Please let me know if you have any question or questions regarding VA Procurement. I am here to assist, Thanks.
Col Michelle Gardner-Ince
Col Michelle Gardner-Ince
28 d
Thanks SGM Aurea. You understand Women Veteran Business...thanks for what you do to help Veteran Businesses everyday! SGT Jules Tchoujan

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