I'm really sorry to have read your situation, and sincerely hope that you're able to get the care you need.
I'm wondering if location might have anything to do with it.
I go to the VA outpatient clinic here where I live in SC. I'm a Persian Gulf War Vet myself. The outpatient clinic here is very nice, the staff is
very pleasant and respectful of everyone that I've ever seen (WW2, Korean, Vietnam vets and up included).
Appointments to see my doctor are easy to set up, and are never scheduled when the clinic is going to be closed. I use the VA website to set up
appointments (if I don't feel like calling), refill my scripts, check any test results, and I can even email my doctor, in which he responds normally
in a day. Here's the link:
My Health Vet
Now I did have a problem with getting an eye appointment, took them 5 months to get me in there, and that is over in Augusta, GA. The VA hospital
there is HUGE, and is where more serious treatments happen (X-rays, MRI, surgery, etc). I've had to go there too, and again, all I've ever seen is
vets being treated with the up most respect.
I even got chewed out by my doctor years ago, because I stopped going to see him. I have Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. Those are my only
problems......and I felt guilty about going and getting free health care (free for me anyways). I didn't jump on a grenade, or get hit by a IUD or
anything like that.
They (the VA) pestered me until I finally went back in (which was a good thing as my blood sugar was way off, and BP was way up), and my doctor chewed
me out royally.
He asked me where I got my medical license, that made me think I didn't need to be treated anymore. Before I could respond to that, he dressed me
down good. Reminding me that I had EARNED my medical. That yes, I was very lucky to not have been maimed in a war, but that it didn't matter. I
signed the papers and swore an oath like they did. I was there like they were. I was just lucky that I was not physically or mentally hurt like most
vets he sees were.
He made me promise to never do that again.
I do know that living here in SC that vets are always normally treated with a lot of respect. I have no idea what it is like anywhere else.
So while I have been seeing news about the VA (and am quite outraged over it, not for me, I'll be fine, but for my fellow vets that EARNED that
treatment and help, and who really need it more than I......I only need to go see my doc every 6 months for BP and Diabetes......but someone like you,
and other vets with much more serious problems....damnit! You EARNED the right to be taken care of, and it REALLY pisses me off to hear
But again, I do wonder if how vets are treated depends on where they live too.