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Posted on 05/27/2014 3:31:17 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232
I am a Vietnam era vet and will be visiting my local Veterans Out Patient clinic on Thursday morning for my initial evaluation. The out patient clinic contacted me last week to set up this first visit after having applied for it over seven month ago. I have a couple of health Issues; one is my right hip is giving me some serious problems and the other is a dental problem.
My question is what can I expect from this initial visit? They have me in their computer system and all the info I submitted. Do I need to bring extra info? DD214 etc?
I need all the info I may need to make this evaluation go smoothly.
I am also insured by my wifes employers insurance policy and Medicare.
Just wondering if anyone has some constructive advice?
Just my thoughts here as the same kind of Vet with no service connected disabilities but has the same hip and teeth problems......I’d imagine that since you’re already covered under your wife’s insurance, you’re likely not gonna get what you think you will.
Good luck. I know nothing about the VA, but if you are facing a hip replacement, get your dental work done first. Once you have orthopedic replacement surgery, you will have to have a round of antibiotics before any dental work — even a cleaning.
Take the DD-214 and your driver’s license, SS card and a utility bill to verify your address. Better to have more info then get there and find out they need something. Good Luck. We have had pretty good luck with care. Claims on the other hand, well that’s mixed.
Well I don’t know what service they can or will offer. That is one reason why Iam doing this. The other is my wife insists!
Because I was in VN Idiot!
Agree with Gaffer, and oh8eleven. A claim will be filed against your wife’s insurance, and Mediscare....why not go to the best healthcare facility available?
DD-214, Social Security Card, Drivers License, comfy seat cushion, good book.
I’m a Nam era Vet, service connected. No dental care. Depending on % service connected/disabled will determine what is/isn’t covered. Plus ins. and means testing.
Just a heads up, it is triage.
Didn't ya mean ID10T? Gotta give a gun grape a break.
Dental I think is covered up to a year after you left service. The hip if it was caused by your military service may be covered. My brother in law flew in C130s during the 50s and lost most of his hearing a few years ago. It took awhile but he was able to get a service connected disability from it. He had to apply several times. Good luck
I share your Concern.
Git over yer self...I’m an 0861, and I’ll rib a grape when I git a chance.
If you are a career vet (lifer) what may be available to you may be different than what is available to me.
As a Vet who was not a lifer, in my case I can only get Dental for emergency dental work which means if I am in great pain due to a dental issue, and then there is a minimum co-pay, for me, of about $348 (if memory serves me right).
For a non-lifer with a non-service related issue there are co-pays which may depend on income level & whether or not the person has any health insurance coverage, independently or as a spouse &/or currently with Medicare - I think.
oh8eleven’s comment, rather question, is correct. There IS a distinction between “VietNam vet” and “VietNam era” vet. Obviously, the former means you served in country for a full tour or even part of a tour, while the latter (”era vet”) means you were in one of the military service branches during the time the VietNam war was in progress but DID NOT serve in country.
The VA does not cover dental except for vets with service connected disabilities at a relatively high percentage of disability(Not sure exactly what it is but mine is 30% and I do not get dental) or a Purple Heart.
Bring whatever service dental records you have. Otherwise don’t expect any help there.
Since you have a computer I can only assume you have a phone........call them
To all who replied, Thanks. I was just looking for constructive advice and info. Not a flame war on my service as a U.S. Marine during the Vietnam War.
Bring any and all paperwork you have. Any records. Any insurance. You can be expected to produce anything so it’s better to have it and get it done now.
They have all your infomration anyway so it’s not like you are giving anything up they don’t know and you will slow the process if you don’t have what you need.
The people are cordial and respectful for the most part.
Having just read the above, why are you using the VA if you already have coverage?
I will predict this, due to your current coverage and your attempt to utilize the VA's, you are going to encounter problems regarding coordination of benefits between the VA, your current coverage and medicare...........
sometimes having access to too much results in too many problems........
God bless you, and thank you for your service.
BTW , if you do have a service related issue, you will need and advocate. VFW, American Legion and DAV are three that I know of. VA is means tested, but I have no idea what the criteria is for that. We pay for all meds that are not service related. But the rate on those is really good.
They did back in the 70s, got a couple of bridges and a couple root canals after separation from the Army
Thanks for the link, looks like a better deal than the delta dental plan through tricare
“Having just read the above, why are you using the VA if you already have coverage?”
Hey! My wife insists.
Life in prison without parole is the very least that she deserves.
Thanks for your positive advice!
At some point you will end up in front of the person doing the means testing. That person is going to look at all the documentation.
Have them scan and enter those documents into your file.
When I renewed my drivers license here in maine I needed to prove place of birth for the first time. I did not have a certified copy of my birth certificate. It was going to take 10 days and about 25 bucks to get it.
Since my DD-214 has my place of birth on it (some do, others do not) I just had to get a certified copy from my VA office about 5 miles from the DMV.
OK then, I hope it all works out for you.
With that being said, I was a benefits rep for my corporation for many years and the biggest problems I had to deal with on behalf of our employees and retirees was the "coordination of benefits" between other insurance companies and ours. Each one rejecting claims, stating the other was responsible.............
Thank you for your service
But do you realize how fortunate you are to have both your wife’s health insurance and medicare?
It might be better for you to use those resources and leave the already overcrowded VA to people with service connected disabilities and for those who have no where else to go.
for what you would have to pay in copays you could pay for a Med Sup plan and use the private sector relieving the VA of at least one apt and service that might go to someone who really needs it
Bump to the top. Thanks, Red
My understanding is the VA gives good service, you have to wait a long time for it and you pay for it if you aren’t retired from the service or service related.
Good luck, they mostly seem like really nice folks in there.
I believe they cover dental for the first year after discharge. I just know that I don’t get dental.
His question was a valid one. I am a Viet Nam era vet, but I was not in Viet Nam, so I am not able to be treated at the VA.
It is currently at 100% disability. I have been trying for several years to get dental care but my VA primary care provider keeps telling me that I am not eligible despite the fact that all od my dental problems are related to old fillings put in by the army which are now falling out and causing my teeth to crack.
I do have a “service related disability” for my heart problems which first started in the army but despite Social Security stating that I am 100% disabled effective December 2000, the VA still refuses to adjust my rating above 5 percent because I was once working at a desk job as a computer programmer.
I am also suffering from constant back and left knee pain from in juries suffered in the army and documented on my service record. The VA declares these “treated and resolved by the Army” despite my constant suffering since my release from active duty. I was treated four times over a three year period while in the army including two trips to the emergency room.
I fell and knocked my left kneecap loose while in the army which lead to three major operations on my left knee about 16 years after getting out. This injury also appears in my medical records and is dismissed by the VA as of insufficient evidence since there were no broken bones, only soft tissue damage to the very important elements which hold the knee together.
Forget about the VA itself ever granting you approval for disability compensation and their own doctors will fight against you due to the rules that are required to give service under.
The only way that you can get the appropriate disability compensation is by going through an external doctor and getting their statement of disability and the more doctors the better. HOWEVER, the VA is very careful to ask if you are receiving care outside of the VA and will be quick to drop you if they find out.
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