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Comment by SGT William A. Geresy (ret) on April 24, 2014 at 12:32am

The VA is KILLING our Veterans!  It is NOT with kindness either!

Tuesday, I had to drive about 150 miles ONE WAY to Detroit for a VA appointment!  That is not fun.  It was for a surgeon to look at my butt to due the pre-op for hemorrhoids.  He looked for only a few seconds.  They also want to do a colonoscopy at the same time.  They were running an hour late.  That is government for you!

Now to due a colonoscopy, they make you drink crap that makes you poop completely out before they look inside.  I do NOT look forward to riding for FOUR HOURS praying I don't have to poop NOW!  They couldn't care less!  They just don't care about what I have to go through!  You are just something for them to do something to I guess.

Tuesday, they were going to try to figure out how to get me there.  It is Wednesday night and no word on that!

I had to be away from the house this afternoon.  While I was away the VA called.  My Mom took the call.  The VA wants me back for a pre-op appointment!  I thought that was what I just did on Tuesday.  Doesn't the VA have a clue what they are doing?  I guess not!

I don't want to think about how many civilian hospitals there are between my home and Detroit.  But all are not allowed with the VA.  They care about themselves and not the veteran.  We are just a pawn they can push around at will.

My late Father was a Veteran from WWII.  He was wounded in action in Germany.  For just over the last year of his life he couldn't walk.  Mom applied to the VA for nursing home care.  She filled out page after page of paperwork to apply.  Then she was told the waiting list was EIGHTEEN months.  He died before he could go.

Did you know that unless an Air Force or Army National Guardsman is called to active duty for war, they are NOT considered a Veteran by the VA?  It is most true!  You can serve one enlistment or even a career and to the VA you are just another civilian that never served!

Now our wounded from the War on Terror are being pushed off to the VA for ongoing treatment instead of being kept at active duty hospitals!

The VA is NOT a good organization for helping Veterans.  It must be drastically changed.  The focus must be on veteran's care.  The VA must recognize that all this travel is wrong.  It in the end denies us the care we earned by serving.

I have been nominated to become the Post Service Officer for the American Legion Post I belong to.  With what just happened, I will accept the honor and be determined to help my fellow Veterans get what they have earned.

I will be posting more on my battle with the VA here.

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Chalice on April 24, 2014 at 10:53am

This is so upsetting, Sarge.  I was reflecting on it after our phone call, and I really feel this is an issue we should take up on Patriot's Heart Network.

I am seriously worried about your care... Let's do a documentary of every contact you have, and record each event on your blog - Or I can open the forum and we can do it there.  I will also see if we can find other Vets who will do the same.  Le't build a place where vets can tell and record there stories of abuse...  

Your work for this wonderful nation is far from done, my noble friend...  We can make an impact on this issue.

And for those of us who are not dependent on the VA ... I say this... If you think the VA is bad... what do you think we will get from Obamacare?

I am headed out of town for the day to push for election integrity.  I will be praying for you!

Comment by SGT William A. Geresy (ret) on April 24, 2014 at 11:59pm

My Dear Chalice, I will be keeping Patriot's Heart updated on my "adventure" with the VA.  I have a call to make on Friday.  The VA has transportation for me from Battle Creek VA to Detroit VA.  The problem is how do I get to Battle Creek when I am not supposed to drive?  And how do I get home later?  That is sort of like telling the Apollo 11 astronauts that we have a way to get you from Earth orbit to the Moon and back to Earth orbit.  You guys have to figure out how to get to Earth orbit and then out of orbit back to the Earth.  

The sad part is none of this is really new.  I had a friend Larry Duff who lived just a short distance from me.  He got injured by Agent Orange in Vietnam.  Despite two court orders to have Larry declared 100% disabled, the VA refused to obey the rulings of the judge.  Larry died in 2002.

I have put this forward at the American Legion Post I belong to.  I will keep trying to get this very issue bumped up all the way to the National level of the Legion.  Then just maybe the American Legion will help on this issue.  I think I will take the two stories I have posted here to the next Legion meeting on May 14th.  I will see if this will help.

I am worried about my care too.

One more thing to think about.  If I was on Medicare, Medicaid, or Welfare, I would get care locally.  But not us Veterans using the VA.  Why are we treated this way?  WHY?  That is what really bugs me!

Chalice, good luck and prayers on the election integrity.  That is just as important!

Comment by SGT William A. Geresy (ret) on April 26, 2014 at 4:47pm

What happened Friday.

What happened Friday. I called Detroit VA to find out what was going on. They had called on Thursday saying I was to be at Battle Creek at 6:30AM on the 8th of May.  The problem is I am not supposed to drive.  Battle Creek VA is 20 miles away.  What am I supposed to do, WALK?  Detroit gave me a number to call for Battle Creek. So I called Travel at Battle Creek.  No one would answer the phone.


I called Travel Pay at Battle Creek.  No one would answer the phone.  This was to find out about the Travel Pay for Detroit.


I called the medical team at Battle Creek.  Finally a warm body.  I was trying to find out about the medicine I am supposed to take for the Colonoscopy.  She said I was to have picked at Detroit.  The problem was the pharmacy was closed by the time my appointment was done.


Another problem that is yet to be solved is the blood tests I am to take before going to Detroit.
So no word on a ride to Battle Creek, Travel Pay for Detroit, the tests, or the medicines.


While the VA is quite interconnected with computers, it seems the computers don't "talk" to each other very well.  The information is hard to find.

The VA has a system for patients to get updates.  The problem is the information takes up to 30 days to be posted for us.

So the mess continues and continues.

I called Detroit VA to find out what was going on.  They had called on Thursday saying I was to be at Battle Creek at 6:30AM on the 8th of May.  The problem is I am not supposed to drive.  Battle Creek VA is 20 miles away.  What am I supposed to do, WALK?  Detroit gave me a number to call for Battle Creek.

So I called Travel at Battle Creek.  No one would answer the phone.

I called Travel Pay at Battle Creek.  No one would answer the phone.  This was to find out about the Travel Pay for Detroit.

I called the medical team at Battle Creek.  Finally a warm body.  I was trying to find out about the medicine I am supposed to take for the Colonoscopy.  She said I was to have picked at Detroit.  The problem was the pharmacy was closed by the time my appointment was done.

Another problem that is yet to be solved is the blood tests I am to take before going to Detroit.

So no word on a ride to Battle Creek, Travel Pay for Detroit, the tests, or the medicines.

While the VA is quite interconnected with computers, it seems the computers don't "talk" to each other very well.  The information is hard to find.

The VA has a system for patients to get updates.  The problem is the information takes up to 30 days to be posted for us.

So the mess continues and continues.

Comment by SGT William A. Geresy (ret) on April 28, 2014 at 4:50pm

I got a phone call from the Battle Creek VA on Monday, today.</p> <p>Battle Creek set up an appointment for me on Wednesday.  I have to go in early for fasting blood tests and an EKG.  Grumble, grumble, I don't like these as I like my breakfasts!  I will find out about transportation and travel pay for a week ago then.  Battle Creek told me to call the Detroit VA to find out about the medicine they prescribed and I was unable to pick up. </p> <p>I called Detroit and the lady there said it was mailed.  I went outside a bit later and it was delivered.  Well, that is solved.</p> <p>There is still a lot to sort out.</p> <p>I don't plan on having anything to post on Tuesday.  I am sure I will have more to post later Wednesday.</p>">

I got a phone call from the Battle Creek VA on Monday, today.

Battle Creek set up an appointment for me on Wednesday.  I have to go in early for fasting blood tests and an EKG.  Grumble, grumble, I don't like these as I like my breakfasts!  I will find out about transportation and travel pay for a week ago then.  Battle Creek told me to call the Detroit VA to find out about the medicine they prescribed and I was unable to pick up. 

I called Detroit and the lady there said it was mailed.  I went outside a bit later and it was delivered.  Well, that is solved.

There is still a lot to sort out.

I don't plan on having anything to post on Tuesday.  I am sure I will have more to post later Wednesday.

Comment by Chalice on May 5, 2014 at 6:04am

WOW, Bill... what a travesty

WOW, Bill... what a travesty.It is so much more expensive for them to separate your services like this.

I spoke to Bill over the weekend and he tells me that he got sick from the medicine and is  still recovering.

He is okay, but I am really concerned about how he is forced to use such extreme measures just to get a standard procedure...

It is so much more expensive for them to separate your services like this.  

I spoke to Bill over the weekend and he tells me that he got sick from the medicine and is  still recovering.

He is okay, but I am really concerned about how he is forced to use such extreme measures just to get a standard procedure...

Comment by SGT William A. Geresy (ret) on Thursday, May 8th

Friends, what I am learning last week and this week is shocking!

Friends, what I am learning last week and this week is shocking!

It has become very clear that our Veterans are at the bottom of the bucket when it comes to health care aimed at what is best for the Veteran.  The care is aimed at preserving the jobs at VA facilities.  The Veteran is at the VA mercy.  The Veteran is required to travel a great many miles, many times at the Veteran's own expense passing by many civilian hospitals that could treat the Veteran much closer to home.  Why?  They are NOT VA facilities.  That is the ONLY reason.

I applaud my American Legion for calling for the head of the VA to resign.  Sadly, that will not fix the problems.  That will just put a new license plate on a junk car.  The system is so entrenched in rules to protect itself and not the Veteran, little can change.</p> <p>The VA must have a top down remaking that will put the Veteran's needs and care first.  Where the care takes place should never be an issue.  No Veteran should be forced to travel hundreds of round trip miles for care if local hospitals can treat the Veteran.</p> <p>Put the Veteran FIRST!

Are the Veterans there to justify the existence of the VA?

Or is the VA there to help us Veterans? More soon!

It has become very clear that our Veterans are at the bottom of the bucket when it comes to health care aimed at what is best for the Veteran.  The care is aimed at preserving the jobs at VA facilities.  The Veteran is at the VA mercy.  The Veteran is required to travel a great many miles, many times at the Veteran's own expense passing by many civilian hospitals that could treat the Veteran much closer to home.  Why?  They are NOT VA facilities.  That is the ONLY reason. 

I applaud my American Legion for calling for the head of the VA to resign.  Sadly, that will not fix the problems.  That will just put a new license plate on a junk car.  The system is so entrenched in rules to protect itself and not the Veteran, little can change.

The VA must have a top down remaking that will put the Veteran's needs and care first.  Where the care takes place should never be an issue.  No Veteran should be forced to travel hundreds of round trip miles for care if local hospitals can treat the Veteran.

Put the Veteran FIRST!

Are the Veterans there to justify the existence of the VA?

Or is the VA there to help us Veterans?

Bill is back in the hospital.  When he went in to look at the issues discussed below, they discovered that his heart was weak and needed a pacemaker.  He and Karen drove 130 miles to Ann Arbor Michigan where they are in the VA hospital.

Yesterday Bill had surgery to place a heart pacer in his heart.  It was a crazy wait for a week at the hospital.  I spoke with Bill and Karen yesterday and the procedure went very well.  Bill was a bit loopy afterwards but some may think he is always a tad loopy....

Bill will write more details about his experience when he returns and recoups.  Today, he and Karen are scheduled to return home.

I was very worried about Bill's care.  Especially, in light of the news stories about how horribly the Vets have been treated. Thankfully, the VA hospital in Ann Arbor is not one of the horrible ones.  Bill's heart problem was given immediate attention, and his care there was very good.  Bill even said he liked the food...

I can't wait to hear more from him!  

Come home safely, Karen and Bill!

I am home.

Tonight, I was installed as my American Legion Post Service Officer. 

I will post more later.  Now is the time for me to heal.

Bill

Welcome home big guy!  I started a forum thread in your honor.  

Off the the city for a crazy day, let's connect tonight!

SGT William A. Geresy (ret) said:

I am home.

Tonight, I was installed as my American Legion Post Service Officer. 

I will post more later.  Now is the time for me to heal.

Bill

The VA needs to get better Reclining Chairs for People that can stay with their Loved One for exteneded periods of time. The one I was using was ok for a night or two, but started being a killer after the 3 rd night. I was right there the whole time Bill was in.  They even gave me a guest tray for meals (hard telling how much we will be billed for that), food quite well--when food service came by to get his menu I could choose my own from what was available, once in a while some items were not what was expected but overall ok. When we got there we told them we were moving in for the duration what ever time that may be.

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