Better to Scrap Needless Congressmen & Senator's than to Neglect Promises to Veterans!
By Danny Siler-Post 192
Graham Co. Veterans Advocate
I like to go to the Washington Post & Military .com to read the collum By Joe Gallaway, the reporter of "We were Soldiers Fame". As a Veterans Advocate I assist Veterans in filing for Health Benifits & Compensation. I have been seeing a trend of late when I go to the VA in Asheville. More & more Veterans are being ,what is a VA term, "Farmed Out". This means they are send to private Doctors elsewhere. I also know of veterans ,some local who have had to enter priviate hospitals eaither at their own expense or on Medicare! Things such as these are not the reason the VA System was created, It was created for those who have borne the battle. As Joe Gallaway commented,There are always costs in a war, human costs and hardware costs, and as we draw close to beginning the fourth year of our operations in Iraq it's time to tally those costs one more time. Each time you go back to the VA it seems you always see someone different in a wheelchair or with a missing limb. It is time for our Current Congressmen & Women & Senators and those in the Cabnet level post to get up out of their collective chairs and act! I found a very interesting that veterans of 20-30 years service to their country who were told they did their job well and have TRICARE and some even ofer to allow billing of private insurance are turned away. Each veteran who ever served his/her country should be able to go into a VA Hospital for help and not be told that in retirement they make too much income! I found a Knight-Ridder 2004 VA Database that is basied on the Winston-Salem Claims office. Seem's that when I looked at the other Regions N.C. was about on level with the NATIONAL LEVEL! From that study here is what is found. Each list the NC average and the U.S. Level. Tell your Representives, You are tired of the Neglect of our North Carolina and Nations Veterans. Tell them, "No VA Funding-No Vote"! These numbers speak for them selves.Error rate on benefit rating -NC 13% / US 13% ,Percentage of cases granted-NC 77%/US 80% , Average monthly disability payment-NC $777-US$701 ,Percentage of veterans waiting 1 year or more for a decision-NC16%-US 19%, Veterans Waiting On Appeals-NC 21%-US 19% ,Veterans satisfied with the process-NC 60%-US 59% , Veterans who said claim handled 'fairly'- NC 50%-US 54%, Veterans who appealed decision-NC50%-US 54%, Veterans who appealed decision-NC 19%-US 20% , Veterans who said VA 'not at all helpful'-NC 7%-US 7%. Looking futher into the current situation you will find more supriseing evidence. When you look at it you have to agree that it basically represents the ,"Get them in, Talk to them 10 minnutes,Dope them up really good and Get them out the door ASAP! Please dont misunderstand me, I support and am loyal to my country and the Military! But the current treatment of Veterans is not right as as long as the current administration see's fit to keep us in Iraq & Afganistain the numbers will only go up! And quoteing from a Washington Post comment, As the incomming number go's up the number of current enrollees will be forced out the door. Every Veteran deserves his/her fair share and it is time for the current polititions on Capital Hill to come to their senses on this issues. Asheville VAMC has a new addition. I have personally been told face to face from providers that one F-NP has care of 800 patients while a Physicians Assistant has care of some 500 patients! Is this right ,NO! Doe's the goverment need to fix the system? YES! Here are some other figures that will shock you! Here's a profile of the VA region headquartered in Winston-Salem, NC. Enough is Enough! If we cannot get the system fixed then it is time to elcet leaders who can!Adjustment disorder-NC 671-U.S.18,096 - Bipolar disorder -NC 300 - US8,359 -Dementia associated with brain trauma NC545 -US 13,408- Dysthymic disorder (depression - NC286 - US 9,016 -Generalized anxiety disorder -NC2,011 -US79,042 --Major depressive disorder -NC 1,335 - US 36,057 - Post-traumatic stress disorder -NC 8,874 -US242,507- Schizophrenia-NC420 - US 18,962 - Schizophrenia, residual type -NC 274- US 9,311 -Schizophrenic reaction, paranoid type -NC 901- US 33,170 - Diabetes-NC9,499 -US191,518 - Flatfoot, acquired-NC 3,170 -US 85,687 Hemorrhoids -NC 5,217 -US 138,421 - Hypertensive vascular disease -NC 10,722 -US 226,549 -Intervertebral disc syndrome (back injury)-NC 7,155 -US 138,361- Knee injury -NC 10,716 -US 259,498 Limited motion of the ankle -NC 5,216 -US 109,823 -Lumbosacral strain (back injury- NC 8,874 -US 199,694Scars, disfiguring-NC3,009 -US 99,508 ,Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) -NC10,626 -US 327,397
Source: To arrive at the number of ratings by diagnosis, Knight Ridder analyzed a 2004 Department of Veterans Affairs database containing information on active veteran disability compensation claims
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