Originally Posted by featherbedder
Another VA rule is income to qualify for benefits. If have spouse they include there income, or other income takes you over limit results no benefits. It is graduated scale of qualifications. This is bad as some vets need help but no go. VA needs complete over haul but politicians only care about them selves not about people that sacrificed for our country.
Yes, you allude to travel pay, correct? BUT, many things have changed over the 35 years that I have been in the system. Travel pay was only for vets whose income fell within certain limits. Medication was free when I began, then only medication that was related to your service connected disability was free, then all meds became $7 a pop unless you are 100%. If you have any health insurance you must present the information so they can be billed, it wasn't like that when I began, I can't remember when they began asking, what, the 90's? When I DID have health insurance for four years, I NEVER once used the VA. Who would? That would be insane. Well maybe I would for psych. When I came to the VA, there was Dental if you were 30%, if your disability had anything to do with your mouth, or if like me, your meds were bad for your teeth. Now you must be 100% instead of 30. I was promised a college education when I was 10%, but because of being a busy mom, I didn't have time, when I was ready, they said it was now for those at 30%. Theoretically I could do it now, but the medications mess with my brain, memory and words, and I have a problem with being in crowds. I and Chris joined in '78 and '79, we were promised a lot. Most of those promises are now null and void. Chris was promised free health care for life if he gave them 20 years, that was a lie. There were other lies, he has other complaints, but I'm not going to ask him, he gets riled up.
You're right about the politicians, we are nothing more than fodder for THEIR wars and once they are done with us, we don't mean jack... to them at all. They ALL, yes the republicans too, have been cutting funding and chopping away at our Veteran's programs, for the last dozen years at least. I stopped recommending military service to young people years ago. How can one recommend being used and abused to people they care about? It's we who must take care of each other, it's we who must fight for ourselves and each other. So I suppose if I could find an organization that fit, and whose political agenda I could support, I might join it. After all, I joined AARP to protect the money I put into Social Security. No one will take care of us, but us.