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MSG Tom Earley
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The VA is the first swamp that needs to be drained; then plowed over, and rebuilt with only veterans working at the VA from the top to the bottom. The government then won't need to worry. We will take care of our own.
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SGT Infantryman (Airborne)
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SGT C Mendez - Its sad to see a new vet being treated that way. I've gotten into a couple of clerks faces, but all they do is say "Next".
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Sgt William Straub Jr.
Sgt William Straub Jr.
4 y
I applied for VA benefits in 1973. I got a prescription for a cough medicine. Took 3 hrs to see a Dr. In 1974 I purchased a home using VA benefits, and again in 1995. When I had no insurance in 2007 I went to the VA in Atlanta and was told I wasn't in the system. I asked how that was possible when I had two VA loans at two different times, my current home was a VA backed loan, and I had applied in 1973 for Medical.
They didn't have an answer. I said No problem, I'll just re-apply. I had my DD-214 with me. No can do. I made too much money. Evidently the law changed and since they had no record of my previous claims with the VA, I wasn't Grandfathered. Thank you to the US Government. Shaft the Vet again. What's that term I recently learned. Oh yea, BOHICA!
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CWO3 Us Marine
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Heard that Master Sergeant. I know within the first few minutes of dealing with anyone at VA if they are Vet or not. With some exceptions the Vets care and go the extra mile. They are receptive and you can tell that they care. They look at you and treat you as a fellow human. I feel comfortable giving them a message that they will pass the word and act on it. The "career" civil servants are usually <not always> the exact opposite. They look at you as a problem they'd rather not have to deal with. They place barriers in the way of helping you rather than bridging obstacles. They have a "who cares, I'm civil service and you can neither fire me or sue me" attitude. It's very frustrating and almost demeaning. I've actually had some hang up on me after semi-cussing me out for simply and tactfully asking to speak to their supervisor. The patient advocates are usually among the worst because they are often wolves in sheep's clothing. They seem as if they have been promoted to their post because they've mastered the skills needed to make it look like they care when they really don't. They give you the old "we value your input" line but really just want to get you off the line. That just makes me more determined and it doesn't bother me at all to call the Medical Center Administrator's office if that's what it takes to get what I need. They could certainly stand to get rid of many and should if they really care about the Veterans. To be fair there have been many that have treated me as I'd treat them, so that needs to be said.
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SGT Thomas Seward
SGT Thomas Seward
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I had a unique experience as my next door neighbor was a VA doctor, as was the wife of an Air Force Colonel that lived across the street from us. Neither of them had ever served, but were both quite upset at the treatment and waiting list at the hands of the Shreveport VA hospital director. The director was one of President Trumps first to fire in 2017 and they told of how they suddenly had needed supplies and their patient load was being properly managed.
It’s not always the doctor or nurse, but the piss poor management that’s the problem.
The manager over radiology in Houston is another that needs to be gone! In my opinion and experience he is the very example of incompetence!
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1SG(P) Brigade 1 Sg
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This is so sad! Any time we lose one of our own is tragedy. To loose them to suicide because the VA can't get off their can to help is irresponsible. My prayers are with the family! Rest easy my brother in Arms!
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SSgt Engineering
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This is unacceptable. The hospital seems to be clogged with a lot of providers who simply dont fit the mold to care for Veterans. I have had more negative experiences than positive even as an employee. My last doctor didnt even understand what the numbers on pay grades meant. Not to mention, they barely spoke English. I know this isnt a direct reflection of their ability to provide care, it just doesnt give me that warm feeling when I have to repeat that my knee hurts forty times and ask them to repeat themselves 50 times because I cant understamd them.
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MSG Mechanic Trainee
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out of my 5 primarie docs only one i could understand he was a LCDR naval reserve, my shrinks i have one that i can actually understand and she is the best i've had
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