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Command Post What is this?
Posted on Nov 11, 2021
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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SN Bruce Brent
I am a veteran living in Las Vegas, NV. Why hasn't anyone from the VA in Washington, D.C. look into the lack of health care of its veterans? The CEO, Bill Caron, has not made himself public, he stays hidden in his office and had NOT made any appearances to make its veterans feel safe. My current primary care doctor is a classic case of being a jerk and NOT caring for his/her veteran patients. The hospital knows this doctor is pathetic and a jerk. I have in my possession, recordings of my semi annual appts. with this doctor which shows that he brates (me and of course other patients), is argumentative. Again, I do have proof. I am just about at my boiling point before I go public (YouTube, local TV stations and the newspaper here in Las Vegas, the Review Journal). Not to worry, when I do go public, I'll be sure to send the administrators at the VA the link to the YouTube letter that is intended for Bill Caron. I really don't wish to put a "black eye" on the So. Nevada VA Health system, but there's no other way to make this point to make the VA administration aware of the abuse veterans are receiving from unqualified/under schooled doctors.
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Thank you for your feedback. VA has shared these comments with local leaders in the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System.  We would be happy to address specific concerns and work to resolve any additional problems if identifying information could be provided.
PFC Edgar Mosier
What about those who can't have certain vaccines?
I have an influenza vaccine allergy, so, I'm not allowed the shingles, pleurisy, pneumonia, and like-made vaccines.
Will the VA be considering the immunizations in a pill form, soon?
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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VA is only able to procure vaccines that have been approved for use in the United States. Currently there are no vaccines available in pill form in the United States. There is a nasal flu vaccine currently available and there are recombinant vaccines available that may be suitable for people with egg allergies. I would encourage you to discuss your options with your VA provider so you can take full advantage of the vaccines that would be suitable for you.
PO2 Evert Efaw
The last time I received pen needles from the VA, they were made in Poland. Why can't you buy US-based needles?

The needles are not manufactured in a sanitized environment. They are irradiated after being manufactured to make them sterile.

The VA only provides one size and gauge. The size is not compatible with people such as me, that are on blood thinners, and easily bruise and bleed with the VA gauge. I have to buy needles thru the retail market.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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VA has a contract for pen needles available in several different sizes. If the size of the needle you are receiving is not working well, please discuss with your provider, as he/she should be able to request a different size needle to meet your needs.
Maj Stan Magryta
Why isn't self medication, using over the counter pain medication NOT considered "continuity of care"?????
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Question cannot be addressed with the information provided.
1SG Crissy Robesonk
Sir, first off, thank
You for accepting the challenge to assist all who have served our country honorably. My question: what is the VA doing to expand the current level of nursing homes and assisted living facilities fir our aging veteran population? More and more of our veterans are going to need assisted living facilities in the very near future (20-25 years). We will need more skilled and unskilled nursing facilities to house those who have their all to serve this great nation. Thank you for your consideration of this important question.
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Thank you for the encouraging words.  This year VA will embark on a major, multi-year transformation of our Long-Term Services and Supports programs for elderly and disabled Veterans.  This work will improve our offering to Veterans whose care needs can be safely met at home.  VA will expand our home and community-based care programs to more sites and, when indicated, authorize more hours of care.  For nursing home care, VA realizes that more beds will be needed in the next 20 years.  VA anticipates growth in the State Veterans Home program and through contracts with community nursing homes.  At this time, VA is prohibited by law from paying the room and board cost of assisted living for Veterans.  For Veterans in assisted living who would otherwise be placed in a nursing home, VA expects to increase its support through better coverage of the cost of nursing and nursing aide services.  Planning for this transformation is well underway.
SFC Johnny Adams
Do you uphold the constitution and the rights of soldiers? If so how do you justify forced drugs? Especially when a high % die from it.
CPL Karl Billhardt
The Columbia SC travel pay told me the reason they are 5 months behind on paying my claims is because money has not been put into the fund. Is this true?
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Please send your inquiry and details to https://ask.va.gov/
SSgt Allan Tamarkin
I 100% love the care I get at the CT VA facility in West Haven! I am an AF vet and I am 68 years old. As a result I also pay for Medicare. I don't have a problem with paying for Medicare as a backup as I view the VA care as a privilege in exchange for my service. I also enjoy the fact that the VA can get some reimbursement from Medicare for the care provided at the VA. What I'd like to have happen is greater coordination of VA care with Medicare. To have Medicare recognize the VA as an approved facility and have better coordination with the VA for all aspects related to health care. Please note that I have no problem with continuing my Medicare payments! It is not a disagreement with cost. Please consider this idea in the future and I look forward to your views.
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For Medicare related questions, please reach out to 1-800-MEDICARE ( [login to see] ).
PO3 David Sparke
Why is every VA system separate when it comes to updating information. I spend time at 2 locations and it is ridiculous that when I change me address for benefits it does not change for Pharmacy. Since everything is under on SS# all systems should change together. It seems to be more unnecessary bureaucracy.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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We are moving to a more integrated and seamless system. We know how frustrating it can be for our customers, but also our employees.
We do have a seamless Veteran data system in place. This means you can go on VA.gov right now and update your contact information, and everyone in VA will have that update.
We also have an effort underway to implement a new electronic health record system, which will connect all health care data and improve our patient’s ability to interact with their health care providers.
The new system will also connect with the Department of Defense.
We started the implementation in Spokane, WA – and we’ve learned a lot. But we’ve also made mistakes.
No other health care organization in the world is attempting something of this scale and complexity.
We are committed to getting this absolutely right for America’s Veterans.
PO1 John Strain
Sir-I submitted a claim over a year ago in the case styled Wolfe v. Wilkie, and have been unable to find anyone within the VA system who can give me any idea of the status of the claim, or when it may be paid. How can I find out?
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Veterans may find the status of their claim/appeal by using the VA.gov website, calling the VA [login to see] , or requesting assistance through their accredited representatives.

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