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"As president, I won't stand for hundreds of thousands of veterans waiting for benefits," he told a crowd of about 300 people at a community college in northern Iowa.
Obama said it's not enough to make a speech on Veteran's Day or lay a wreath on Memorial Day.
"When a veteran is denied health care, we're all dishonored," he said. "When 400,000 veterans are stuck on a waiting list for claims, we need a new sense of urgency in this country."
He said too many veterans slip through the cracks, and he would institute a zero tolerance policy for veteran homelessness.
"There should be no homeless veterans," he said. "We'll stand with veterans in their hour of need just as they have stood up for us."
It took the VA over one year to finally adjudicate that claim, and it was adjudicated only because my Congresswoman's office intervened on my behalf. It took the VA over one year to award me six months (I believe) of temporary 100% from the date of my surgery. Thus, all throughout my period of convalescence - i.e., the time I was most in need - my shoulder was rated at 30%. And guess what having a 30% rating meant? I had to pay for my prescriptions. In fact, the first thing I got in the mail from the VA after my shoulder fusion surgery was a bill for medication.
I bring this up because, due to a convergence of events, I was able to witness first-hand a paradox in the VA's treatment of people. As far as I know, I am the only one who has noticed this, and this is a "Mark original" suggestion. If somebody else has noticed this already, then I am sorry.
There I was, as a disabled veteran, recovering from a service-connected surgery, and since the VA kept my rating at 30%, the VA was billing me for medication. My mother, on the other hand, never served a single day in the military. After she divorced my biological father, she re-married my step-dad, who has had a 100% rating from the VA - albeit, I was, and am, far more incapacitated than he is. Since my mother, who never spent a single day in the military, was married to my step-dad, she didn't have to pay anything for her medication! It was all covered through the VA, under ChampVA. Plus, she had her healthcare covered under the same, and as a dependent of a disabled veteran, she could see practitioners outside of the VA.
The Obama administration recently revealed a plan to require private insurance carriers to reimburse the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in such cases.
"It became apparent during our discussion today that the President intends to move forward with this unreasonable plan," said Commander David K. Rehbein of The American Legion. "He says he is looking to generate $540-million by this method, but refused to hear arguments about the moral and government-avowed obligations that would be compromised by it."
Originally posted by hypervigilant
This practice started going on when Reagan was in office and it was fine then. . Most Veterans with service connected disabilities can't pass a physical and insurance companies don't cover pre existing conditions. Only veterans with 100% disability rating is covered for non service connected conditions by the V.A..... This really isn't even an issue that warrants attention, unless you think that the insurance companies are in need of another reason to avoid fulfilling their obligation to cover those that pay their premiums....
The leader of the nation's largest veterans organization says he is "deeply disappointed and concerned" after a meeting with President Obama today to discuss a proposal to force private insurance companies to pay for the treatment of military veterans who have suffered service-connected disabilities and injuries.
The Commander, clearly angered as he emerged from the session said, "This reimbursement plan would be inconsistent with the mandate ' to care for him who shall have borne the battle' given that the United States government sent members of the armed forces into harm's way, and not private insurance companies. I say again that The American Legion does not and will not support any plan that seeks to bill a veteran for treatment of a service connected disability at the very agency that was created to treat the unique need of America's veterans!"
Originally posted by hypervigilant
Do insurance companies even cover injuries and conditions suffered during military training or caused in warfare while in the military?..... I sold hospitalisation policies when I was a lot younger, and seem to remember a disclaimer related to non payment for war injuries. I am not sure if that is right, it was a long time ago.