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  1. Hi Jim, Yes for several years I was very active on Escapees and several other RV forums. but one day "life" happened and I became so discouraged I quit everything and crawled in a hole and pulled it in after me..and it has taken all this time for me to come back to the real world.. Reading over the posts from back then and the new posts of today have played a very large part in my return to life. Hopefully I will find some of my old friends still here and just as important I hope to make some new friends. John
  2. Thanks Guys.. yes I did go with the DAV rep on July 1st. He has an office in the Reno VA hospital. He took all my info including several things that I had not thought of and filled out the application which I signed. Then on July 5th I received a letter saying my request had been sent to the Claims intake office. Then on July 23 I received a letter from the Claims intake office saying that my Application had been received and accepted. Then last Monday, Aug 13, I was called to the Claim's intake office where I talked with a woman for a few minutes. She said she had set up two appointments on August 21st with VA doctors for examination and consultation. Their results would then be sent back to her office and from there on to the Board" So looks like the next step is to make those appointments then .... the "Waiting Game"
  3. I'm now on my 4th pair of VA issued hearing aids.. first and second pair were "ITE" (in the ear) and worked fine.. but several years later I was having trouble distinguishing some words being said on the TV.. The sound was loud enough, but some words were hard to understand. The VA then gave me a pair of BTE (behind the ear) and they were great... but a P.I.TA. because I wear eyeglasses and every time I adjusted or removed my glasses the transender would flip over the top of my ear.. it was because the transender was too large to nestle behind the ear with the eyeglasses ear piece. The current pair I have are BTE with a very small transender and they work great with my eyeglasses.. and ... they came with the TV adapter that sends the audio signal straight to my hearing aids.... and I can use a button on the hearing aid itself to adjust the volume.. Left ear button lowers volume, Right ear button raises volume and … if the house phone rings while watching TV, I pick up the receiver and hold it against my ear just like everyone does when answering the phone... when the phone is against my ear the hearing aid reduces the volume in that hearing aid so I don't have to remove it or turn off the TV to hear the person on the phone. and ... I was given a small transender unit ( about the size of a pack of chewing gum) that clips to my shirt pocket and connects my cell phone to the hearing aids.. When the cell phone rings I simply push the button on the adapter and say hello then push it again to hang up.. don't have to touch the cell phone itself. and ... they came with a program that mates with a program on my Android cell phone which allows me to adjust the pitch and level of sound that the hearing aids receive... for example, if in a noisy room like a casino I can use the cell phone to adjust for the sound. The brand name of these new aids is "RESOUND" and I love them.. If course the VA supplies FREE batteries and FREE wax guards forever. When I open the last box of batteries I simply fill out the enclosed order form and mail it off.. a few weeks later 3 boxes of batteries and wax guards are in my mail box. John
  4. "ADOPT-A-VET" dental program for military veterans.. 100% FREE Best thing that's happened for veterans In many years.. The waiting list is about a year long but the results are fantastic !!! I had all my upper teeth pulled and some of my bottom teeth also.. I was fitted with a full upper plate and a partial (bridge) on the bottom. Do I miss my natural teeth.. of course I do, … but no more toothaches. I do miss the TASTE of food, because with a full upper plate I cannot taste the difference between chicken, beef or fish. it all taste the same and feels the same when chewing.. I miss eating peanuts.. The dentist said I could eat peanuts with the false teeth but I'm not taking any chances of breaking my new teeth.. I don't $8000.00 to replace them if they break. and I cannot swallow my pills with the upper plate in, I start choking, so I always take my medicines before putting my teeth in each morning. I only wear them when going out to eat.. around the house I eat soft foods and have learned to love Walmart's canned soups. Check and see if the ADOPT-A-VET program is available in your area and get on the waiting list. John
  5. Couple of years back the Veteran's Health Care system sent out a letter telling us that the price for generic drugs was being lowered from $7 to $5.. but at the same time they stopped VA doctors from writing "Paper" prescriptions to be used at civilian pharmacies. Many veterans like myself used paper scrips at places like Walmart or Costco because they could get a 90 day refill for only $10 instead of paying the VA $28.. Oh well, it was nice while it lasted. John
  6. read the post about a "Veteran Identification Card" being shipped.. and did not want to hijack that thread so decided to post a new thread about VA benefits.. Hope that's OK with admin and members.. if not let me know and I'll delete this thread. Interesting subject, I did not know anything about that "ID card" .. but I'm curious why doesn't every honorably discharged veteran sign up for the 'Veteran's Health Care System" ? According to the VA handbook, the last time I read it .. every honorably discharged veteran .. AND... every military member presently on active duty is eligible for the VA Health Care System.. You do NOT have to be a discharged veteran to be part of the VA Health Care System. Yes, it's true .. not every veteran will get free medical, some have to pay a co-pay … it depends on their rating classification. I'm in classification 3 and everything** is 100% free to me .. Doctor visits, operations, eye glasses, hearing aids, etc … **my only cost is a $5 co-pay on meds. Dental work is a cat of a whole different color and very few veterans are eligible for dental care. Maybe one day all veterans will be able to receive dental care at no cost. Remember just because the veteran is signed up and has the official VA card does not mean they must actually use the system. They just make the occasional appointment every couple of years to keep their status updated. Also many veterans think that if they are on "TRI-CARE" they cannot belong to the VA Health Care System.. NOT TRUE.. All honorably discharged veterans, including those veterans on TRI-CARE and all active military personnel are eligible for the Veteran's Health Care System. I have met many veterans at the Reno VA hospital over the past 15 plus years that were "Non-Service Related injury" and had to pay a co-pay for everything .. but they said even with the co-pay it was still cheaper than going to a civilian doctor. I cannot verify that and can only repeat what they told me. and I've talked to veterans on TRI-CARE for Life that go to the Reno VA hospital instead of using the TRICARE system because it is easier and more simple in their particular circumstance. (Have no idea what their circumstance was/is and did not want to be rude by asking) The Veteran's Health Care System Card is a legal and official US Government identification card and I've used it many times along with my driver's license when two forms of ID were required .. I also am enrolled in and have the little white Id card for the "Veteran's Choice Program" that allows me to see civilian doctors and have medical treatments from outside the VA medical system.. I've had a couple of operations and treatments at no cost to me in local medical facilities here in Carson City, .. saves me time and gas going to Reno VA hospital. I like that part As we all know, things can change over time, so if anyone has any updates to what I've said, please join this discussion and update any outdated info.. Thanks, John
  7. I served 8 years in US Navy. One night my group was attacked and my skull was crushed .. I spent almost a year in the US Naval Hospital on Long Island, NY recovering from a Craniotomy operation which opened my skull, then vacuumed the bone fragments from around my brain and a metal plate was attached to my skull with screws and wire to cover the hole with 312 stitches to hold the scalp together. Was offered Medical Discharge but declined and reenlisted to be sure I would not have any further medical problems because of the craniotomy operation. (seizures, etc ) Honorable discharge from the US Navy in Dec. 1966 …. Discharge was simple, salute the quarterdeck officer, hand over a set of dress blues and leave the ship. At no point was I told anything about being eligible for any kind of disability pension or other benefits of any type. Several years later I heard on TV news about free college education under VA benefits , managed to get only 2 yrs of it before time limit expired. (had to be used within 6 years of discharge) About same time I heard about the "no down payment housing benefit" … once again had to find out about it from the TV news … managed to use it one time only, found out later that the benefit can be used many times over and over as long as the preceding loan was paid off. Flash forward 33 yrs from 1966 - to - 1999 I met a few Vets in my restaurant who told me about the VA medical system.. They actually did all the leg work and got me into the VA system that I had not known I was eligible for. After one year +- of extensive medical and mental tests the VA awarded me 10% disability pension for my Traumatic Brain Injury that resulted in a metal plate put in my head to cover the hole in my skull. Today veterans are returning home with less serious injuries than I had and they are getting 30, 50, and some are even getting 100% disability pension.. Last month I heard about a program that allows veterans to re-apply for disability compensation.. I applied and now am waiting to see what... if anything .. the "Board" will do for me.. Was told it could be several months before my turn comes up with the board of review. I'll try and remember to come back here with the results of the board's decision. Maybe it will help some other Vets with their claims.. John
  8. Attention ADMIN ... do you think this would be worthwhile as a "Sticky" for Veterans seeking answers from the Veteran's Administration ? The Internet links are hot, just click on one to go to that site.. All of this info came directly out of the 2009 "Federal Benefits for Veterans" handbook. John VA Phone Numbers Bereavement Counseling .........................................................1-202-461-6530 Education ..............................................................................1-888-442-4551 Headstones and Markers .........................................................1-800-697-6947 Health Care ............................................................................1-877-222-8387 Homeless Veterans .................................................................1-877-222-8387 Home Loans ...........................................................................1-877-827-3702 Life Insurance .........................................................................1-800-669-8477 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline ............................................1-800-273-8255 Pension Management Center ....................................................1-877-294-6380 Special Health Issues ..............................................................1-800-749-8387 Telecommunication Device for the Deaf (TDD) ............................1-800-829-4833 VA Benefits ............................................................................1-800-827-1000 VA Web Sites VA Home Page ………………………………........................................ http://www.va.gov Educational Benefits ……………………………….......................... http://www.gibill.va.gov Health Care Eligibility …………………………........……. http://www.va.gov/healtheligibility Burial and Memorial Benefits ……………………........…………..…… http://www.cem.va.gov Returning Service Members ………………………….....….....…... http://www.oefoif.va.gov Home Loan Guaranty…………………………….……............ http://www.homeloans.va.gov Records ……………………………..… http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel VA Benefit Payment Rates …….……………………… http://www.vba.va.gov/bin/21/rates VA Forms ………………………………................................ http://www.vav.gov/vaforms Mental Health …………………………….…................ .. http://www.mental health.va.gov Federal Jobs ………………………………...........………….……… http://www.usajobs.opm.gov Veterans Preference …………………………….. http://www.opm.gov/veterans/index.asp Employment Assistance ………………………………..............…… http://www.dol.gov/vets Vocational Rehabilitation and Education ……………………… http://www.vetsuccess.gov Life Insurance ………………………………......................…. http://www.insurance.va.gov Department of Defense ……………………………….........…….. http://www.defenselink.mil
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