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Old 07-18-2019, 05:09 AM
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My older ds was in the Air Force for 7 years and completed his service in June. He was told he would have his healthcare for 180 days. A week later he got sick. His insurance was terminated the day after he discharged. He called around and he did not qualify for the health insurance. According to a woman he spoke to, not many service members do. He explained to me that is why there are so many homeless veterans. He did get a job and has health insurance through them.
I find it sad and appalling that all of our service members do not get health insurance when they leave. They should receive it over all other people in this country.


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And yet our lazy, do-nothing excuses for
Old 07-18-2019, 05:21 AM
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humans who are elected to office (Congress, the president, etc.) get free healthcare forever, along with their generous pensions.

This is why we need to vote blue. Universal healthcare should be a right, not a privilege.
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Old 07-18-2019, 05:25 AM
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That's terrible! In most other jobs, he'd qualify for COBRA coverage. Our veterans should be entitled to at least that option, if not better.
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Old 07-18-2019, 05:47 AM
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This is why we need to vote blue. Universal healthcare should be a right, not a privilege.
Agree!

And yes, it makes me tired that the same people who go on and on about respecting the flag and thanking our veterans are often the very same people who don't want to pay one red cent more in taxes to actually provide decent benefits for our veterans. Many of the veterans that I know couldn't care less about displays of nationalism but really wish that more U.S. citizens understood how badly veterans are treated once their service is done.
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Old 07-18-2019, 05:53 AM
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Thatís not a surprise, thatís an abomination. I am thoroughly disgusted by the way we treat those who serve our country. As an American, I apologize to your son.


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Old 07-18-2019, 05:53 AM
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would be available to him. The problem there is in some areas it takes forever to get an appointment.

I've not heard of healthcare being available to vets for 180 days. Is that new?
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Old 07-18-2019, 06:19 AM
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I am married to a veteran who was shot in combat. We are constantly battling with the VA. We ended up paying for his total knee replacement...the knee that was shot because the wait for VA to LOOK at it was over 2 years. We now have a VA clinic in our town that he can go to for regular Dr appt and the wait for an appointment is no longer than a regular doctor.

If I remember right, as a part of your separation from the military package you are offered a temporary heath coverage for a price, if you sign up for it. He is eligible for VA services at clinics....however, it is a process to get added to the system. In the meantime vets like your son are caught in the middle without coverage.
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Roo - COBRA is generally prohibitively
Old 07-18-2019, 06:34 AM
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expensive. When my children aged off their dad's insurance at 26, the COBRA cost $1900 a month! And that was four years ago for my son. He found a much cheaper alternative for an individual plan at Kaiser for $350 a month.
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Very sad...
Old 07-18-2019, 07:16 AM
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I hope your son is feeling better and i am so glad he got a job that had the benefits he needed.

I saw a movie a year or so ago that focused on veterans who came back with mental health issues, and how difficult it was for them to get the counseling and support services they needed through the VA. It was a real eye-opener. No one who has served our nation like our veterans have should want for insurance to cover medical and mental health issues.

Insurance certainly is a hot button issue. I don't know what the answer is, but it is a struggle for so many.
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That is an outrage.
Old 07-18-2019, 07:57 AM
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And I am sorry! Healthcare for all!


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Old 07-18-2019, 10:09 AM
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Service men and women should be covered.
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Old 07-18-2019, 10:36 AM
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What about the Veterans Choice Program? Would he qualify? My friend's son went through them when he didn't have a VA doctor close by and the wait times were too long at the one that was the closest anyway. I think she said he had a co-pay but was treated nearby.
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Old 07-18-2019, 03:48 PM
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It is not only healthcare that is a problem for veterans.

Recently, on the national news, they did interviews with service members and their families who use food pantries in order to feed their families.
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