posted on Feb, 2 2013 @ 08:50 AM
I may be in the dark and I freely admit that.
My experiences with the VA have been positive since day one (before I retired and was still on leave).
My AW2 (Army Wounded Warrior Program) rep calls me at least once a week to check on me. He seems more worried than my family does at times. He carries
on a conversation with me, he doesn't just read from a checklist.
My NCM (Nurse Case Manager) from my last unit calls me every so often. I have been retired and she still calls to see how I am and if I need
VA doctors push for soldiers to get counseling if they need it (even if they don't). We have five years after discharge to get free help. Five years
doesn't seem like a long time, but in that five years any serious issues are going to be discovered, addressed, and documented. That will lead to a
permanent disability and permanent free care.
Yes I have PTSD. Yes I have nightmares. Yes I isolate and avoid people. I have a 90% disability from the VA for brain damage, spinal damage, damage to
both shoulders and PTSD. Perhaps that is why I am treated properly when I go in to the VA Hospital.
I would have to see how many of these soldiers that are taking the "easy way" had actually attempted to get help. I could be wrong, but isn't suicide
up across the board? Military and civilian?
ETA - I hate showing the "one" situations rather than the "general" situations. I just hear people all the time talking about how much the VA system
sucks, only to find out that they have never been. Again, that is 100% personal experience and opinion. I am not trying to say the system is
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