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How Good is VA Health Care?

I of en hear veterans complaining abbot the VA health care system. I personally don't understand their attitude. As a veteran of World War Two, I can truthfully report I have had the best health care available. If veterans don't believe that, I don't think they haven't fully investigated the Veteran Hospitals in our nation. They need to experience our VA health care system for themselves.

To be eligible for health care in a Veterans Administration Hospital, according to the United States Department of Veteran's Affairs, all veterans are potentially eligible. They just have to apply for the service.


"Eligibility got most veterans health care benefits. It is based solely on active military service in the Army, Navy, Air force, Marines or Coast Guard or (Merchant Marines in World War II), and discharged other than dishonorable conditions."

Reservists and National Guard reservists who were called to active duty by a Federal Executive Order may qualify for Federal health care benefits. Returning service3 members, including Reservists and National guard members who served on active duty in the theater of combat operations have special eligibility for hospital care, medical services, and nursing home care for five years following discharge from service duty.

Health care eligibility is not just for those who served in combat.

Other groups may be eligible for some health benefits.

Veteran's health care is not just for service-connected injuries or medical conditions.

Veteran health care facilities are not just for men only. VA offers full service health care to women veterans

When the Army discharged me from the Women's Army Corps in 1945, I don't believe I understand fully about all my benefits as a veteran. Not until I had a lump in my breast and realized the possibility of cancer, did I go to the VA for help. I checked into the nearest VA Hospital at Ft. Meade, South Dakota which was located in a rural community which didn't have good medical facilities. But the VA immediately contacted the nearest cancer specialist in Rapid City, South Dakota and arranged for a doctor from the medical center there to travel to the VA hospital. He came to do the examination and do a mammogram. The next day he did a lumpectomy and determined I didn't have a malignancy. That visit to a VA Hospital convinced me to use the facility whenever I needed to. It didn't take long to find out I was eligible for treatment by a VA anywhere.

This experience was only the beginning of my good experiences with the VA in many places as we moved around and as we travelled at different times in my life. The Veterans Administration has saved me thousands of dollars in the 63 years since I received my discharge. They have saved me from infections, a broken foot, operations, and from a heart attack. I have had VA service in Ft. Meade, South Dakota, Grand Junction, Colorado, Denver, Colorado, Miles City, Montana, McAllen, Texas, Fresno, California, Loma Linda, California, Prescott, Arizona, Portland, Oregon, and Roseburg, Oregon where I now use the Veterans Hospital.

I am one grateful veteran who knows for sure our VA health care is extremely good health care. They have not only saved me money but have taken care of me in the best ways possible.

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