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Army vet billed $3,000 for war wounds
CNN ^ | 3/26/09 | Wayne Drash

Posted on 03/26/2009 10:08:23 PM PDT by Nachum

Erik Roberts, an Army sergeant who was wounded in Iraq, underwent his 13th surgery recently to save his right leg from amputation. Imagine his shock when he got a bill for $3,000 for his treatment.

Army Sgt. Erik Roberts was badly wounded in Iraq with two comrades in April 2006.

1 of 3 "I just thought it was bull---- that I'm getting billed for being wounded in Iraq doing my job. I always put the mission first, and now that I was wounded in Iraq, they're sending me bills," he said.

(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 000; 3; army; bhoveterans; oifveterans; vet; wia
The Obama initiative to bill vets in action.
1 posted on 03/26/2009 10:08:23 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: SumProVita; HardStarboard; BradyLS; Ernest_at_the_Beach; dervish; Twotone; Free ThinkerNY; ...

The List, ping


2 posted on 03/26/2009 10:08:47 PM PDT by Nachum (the complete list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

Use of that foxhole was undeclared income.

I bet he didn’t register his gun either.


3 posted on 03/26/2009 10:11:35 PM PDT by DannyTN (Impeach and Deport)
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To: Nachum
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4 posted on 03/26/2009 10:12:04 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Nachum
Send Obama a bill for the fuel used on Air Force One...every time he flies. That will take care of the surplus campaign funds.
5 posted on 03/26/2009 10:12:32 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: Myrddin

That is a damned good idea!


6 posted on 03/26/2009 10:15:01 PM PDT by Sen Jack S. Fogbound (A Dead Commie is a Good Commie!)
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To: Myrddin
“Send Obama a bill for the fuel used on Air Force One...every time he flies. That will take care of the surplus campaign funds.”

While we're at it, why not bill queen Pelosi for her use of our Air Force as her personal airline.

7 posted on 03/26/2009 10:49:32 PM PDT by 444Flyer (Don't beLIEve Obama.............................Never give up, never give in, never give out!)
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To: Nachum

I thought they retracted that proposal?


8 posted on 03/26/2009 10:55:55 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (Please pray for our troops.... http://www.americasupportsyou.mil/)
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To: Nachum
I'm sorry Sgt. Roberts. You deserve much better Sir. Thank you for your service.
9 posted on 03/26/2009 10:58:27 PM PDT by 444Flyer (Don't beLIEve Obama.............................Never give up, never give in, never give out!)
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To: Nachum

Bozo said he pulled this idea, and when did they vote on it? I bet it was already in the bail out fraudulent porkulus package they passed without reading!


10 posted on 03/26/2009 11:01:16 PM PDT by calex59
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To: Nachum

11 posted on 03/27/2009 1:14:35 AM PDT by Bobalu (McCain has been proven to be the rino flop I always thought he was.)
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~

“I thought they retracted that proposal?”

It was.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/18/AR2009031803394.html


12 posted on 03/27/2009 2:14:22 AM PDT by Mila
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To: Nachum

In a nutshell, from what I gather from the article, his initial treatment was handled by the VA, but after two years he developed complications and there was talk of amputation. His mother sought the advice of the surgeon who had originally saved his life and he gave her the name of a surgeon at Vanderbilt.

The VA did not approve the surgery that needed to be done on his leg outside the VA system. He had the surgery anyway, of course, and the bill came to $90,000. Most of that cost was picked up by his private insurance, the $3,000 billed to him was for the six weeks of daily antibiotic treatment that was needed to keep the infection from returning.


13 posted on 03/27/2009 2:27:09 AM PDT by Mila
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To: Mila

From the CNN link :

“The Department of Veterans Affairs has now decided to pay his bill, but only after prodding from a U.S. senator who got involved after CNN brought it to his attention.”


14 posted on 03/27/2009 2:29:12 AM PDT by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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To: 1COUNTER-MORTER-68

Great news! However, it’s too bad it took a news story to shake some cash loose for this soldier. Makes you wonder how many more soldiers are like him and have similar stories of which we will never hear.


15 posted on 03/27/2009 3:19:15 AM PDT by Mila
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To: Mila

Based on the information from your post the billing is correct. I say this as a Service-Connected Disabled Vet who’s been through the VA system. I also face an outside operation since the VA won’t cover what is needed to repair my injuries. It is good to know someone else was able to get 95% coverage. Maybe I’ll try this too.


16 posted on 03/27/2009 4:01:04 AM PDT by Justa
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To: Justa
Thank You for your service first off.

This is such a teachable moment for other Americans. My husband has a service connected disability, he does get "free" medical care, through VA approved vendors. We pay for his meds but at a discount. Approved is the operative word.

If these deebs in DC, push through Universal Health Care it will be an unmitigated disaster. Regular folks by in large will not have the discipline that our servicemen and women do.

For example, you can not be rushed to our VA facility by ambulance. I have to drive my husband to the nearest hospital in case of emergency, then start the process to get him switched to VA.

I can't get him an appointment where ever or when ever I want. Everything has to go through channels.

Now I will say that all of the people I have come in contact with here in MN at the VA facilities are very professional and compassionate.

But my fear is always that if I can not get him into the VA at Minneapolis, then he is not a priority at hospitals where they merely have the VA contract. That can be huge!

Sorry for rambling.

17 posted on 03/27/2009 4:15:55 AM PDT by defconw (You can't reason someone out of a position they were never reasoned into to begin with.)
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To: Nachum

I wonder if Wayne Drash is related to Dwight Shrute?


18 posted on 03/27/2009 4:45:43 AM PDT by gussiefinknottle (woof!woof!woof!)
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~
I thought they retracted that proposal?

I did too.

19 posted on 03/27/2009 7:12:35 AM PDT by Nachum (the complete list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: defconw

I wish the one in kansas city was nice. (last I heard it wasn’t)


20 posted on 03/27/2009 7:16:46 AM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (Please pray for our troops.... http://www.americasupportsyou.mil/)
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To: Mila

Thank you...


21 posted on 03/27/2009 7:17:40 AM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (Please pray for our troops.... http://www.americasupportsyou.mil/)
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To: 444Flyer
While we're at it, why not bill queen Pelosi for her use of our Air Force as her personal airline.

Absolutely. That is fraudulent and corrupt behavior of the highest order.

22 posted on 03/27/2009 8:59:21 AM PDT by Myrddin
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~

We have never been to that one. Minneapolis is a good one.


23 posted on 03/27/2009 10:48:49 AM PDT by defconw (You can't reason someone out of a position they were never reasoned into to begin with.)
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To: Justa

As the daughter of two veterans, my father army WW1 and my mother navy WW2, I am of the mind that all veterans should be given whatever they need, whenever they need it, be it state of the art health care or anything else. Good luck to you in your upcoming surgery and God bless.


24 posted on 03/27/2009 12:01:23 PM PDT by Mila
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To: Mila

Service-Connected Disabled means just that,,,

NOBODY should have to pay a dime for their care...


25 posted on 03/27/2009 3:29:35 PM PDT by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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