20 November 2012

Cold Start

It's five degrees this morning, but no snow yet. We've had 6.5" of snow so far, which is a bit below normal; the weatherman mentioned a "very large system" that might be here by early next week.

On the other hand, that's a week out ... and anything more than four hours in advance is a guess*.

I see where the Dept. of Veterans' Affairs (formerly known as the VA) is moaning that "more than half" of the nation's veterans have "little or no understanding of the benefits due them". I disagree.

Let me fix that: "More than half of the nation's veterans see how the DVA runs its hospitals and clinics, and - having experienced Tri-Care once - have no desire for further involvement with the uncaring bureaucracy."

I'll stipulate that there are exceptions, and your mileage may vary. If you've had a positive encounter with post-service treatment or services, then GOOD. The only positive service I received, way back when, was the G.I. Bill checks which helped me through college. The health care? Not so much. And yes, I'm a disabled vet with service-connected injuries.

Readers are welcome to leave comments about their experiences, of course.  What say you, fellow veterans?



* Or so opined a Navy meteorologist in my presence, back in the day.

6 comments:

Stephen said...

I'm with you on this...Long Beach Naval Hospital, way back when, was a nightmare. Just my two cents...

Rev. Paul said...

Stephen, acknowledged. I suspect that's the rule, rather than an exception.

Sandy said...

More hassel and problems trying to get medical help.

Rev. Paul said...

Exactly, Sandy. As long as I can continue to afford better care, I will.

Mrs. S. said...

Pa-in-law did find them quite helpful for footing the bill for his cancer meds, but opted for non-VA facilities when it came to his daily medical care.

Rev. Paul said...

Mrs. S, that seems to be the norm. They're good at a few things, but routine care doesn't seem to be one of them.