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"...what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?” “A Republic, if you can keep it

This I feel is a preview of what is in store for us with Barry's Death Care.

I have been going to the VA for hemorrhoids.  I need to have surgery to fix them.  I go to the VA Medical Center in Battle Creek, MI.  That is about 20 miles away.  They can't do the surgery. 

The next place is in Ann Arbor.  That is about 100 miles away.  The place is huge.  They can't do the surgery as they don't have a surgeon.

Where do I have to go, Detroit.  That is 150 miles away. 

Now I have a little hospital 4 miles away in my hometown.  But no, it can't be done there because it is not a Veteran's Administration Hospital.  There are three other hospitals within 20 miles of home.  But again I can't use any of them as they are not VA.

This is what one gets for being a Veteran using the VA. 

So right now to do the procedure that means two trips to Detroit for 600 miles of travel.  If It could be done in my hometown, it would be a 16 mile trip.  So I have to travel over 37 times as far.  That doesn't sound very "green" now does it?

One more story.  Friday, I had a quick meeting with my Commander from Iraq 10 years ago.  He is now a Lieutenant Coronel in the Guard and just got back from his third activation.  He told me that three of his Soldiers were hurt.  It used to be the Army would keep them in an Army Hospital until they recovered.

Well, that isn't what happens today.  They are "given" to the VA for treatment.  One has to wonder where they are moved and moved to getting the care they need to recover.

In short, it stinks.  It is a huge disgrace to our Veterans!

So call your Reps and Senators and raise heck for our Veterans!!!!    

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Comment by Chalice on April 5, 2014 at 10:56pm

I loved reading your comments, sandy and Sarge. Thank you both for your service, and I am so sorry the Govt controlled health care you must use is soooooo terrible!

Comment by SGT William A. Geresy (ret) on April 5, 2014 at 10:37pm

Sandy, When I was in Iraq, I chatted with a young Soldier.  She was in the band.  She said she was a "Combat Trained Flutist"!

I played the trombone from 4th grade through 12 grade.  Marching Band messed me up at the very beginning of Air Force Basic.  The military "walks" and not marches!

I build models of aircraft and ships mostly.  You can see a few at  www.ipmskalamazoo.org

I am working on models for the American Legion Post 84 that I belong to.  They want models of American airplanes and ships of WWII.  I have 12 there now.

Comment by Sandy Barringer on April 5, 2014 at 2:49pm

In the Army, I was a musician (percussion) and unit mail clerk.  In the Navy I was Electronic Communications Technician.  

Comment by SGT William A. Geresy (ret) on April 4, 2014 at 12:55pm

Sandy, the Navy and Air Force both have good reputations for training.  The Army schools are to my taste too slow.  I did a high speed Guard school for my MOS.  We did a 16 week course in 4 weeks.  That is fast even for me.  I did finish 2nd in my class.

I taught various classes for training in the Guard and Air Force.  I was told I did very well.  Maybe that is because I was allowed the freedom to do it my way, that is a higher standard.  Those I trained seemed to enjoy it.

What was your job in both?

I was a Computer Repairman in the Air Force and a Node/SEN Operator/Maintainer in the Guard.  The last is a glorified telephone operator/baby sitter/generator refueler.  In Iraq, my time was spent e-mailing my friends back home telling them "how rough I had it over there"!  Tough duty, but someone had to do it!

Comment by Sandy Barringer on April 4, 2014 at 11:02am

SGT,  yes, an interesting combination.  I got ribbed about it a lot; interservice rivalry, you know.   The Navy made me a good offer.  Good training.  I took it. 

Comment by SGT William A. Geresy (ret) on April 3, 2014 at 10:49pm

Sandy, from one vet to another, Thank You for your service!

The Army and Navy Reserve.  That is an interesting combination!

During my tour in Iraq, I met two Navy officers, a Lieutenant and a Commander.  I managed to address both by their correct rank the first try.  That made me "golden" to them.  I also had to do an "on the spot uniform correction" with the Commander.  He was wearing the Army's Desert Camouflage Uniform incorrectly.  I helped him get squared away.  I didn't want to Navy to look bad as he was going to my Battalion for business.

In the Army Guard, I was in the Signal Corps.  I learned that is as far into the Army as this Air Force guy ever wanted to be in.  The Air Force started in the Signal Corps.  There are still similarities on how things are done!

Comment by Sandy Barringer on April 3, 2014 at 12:31pm

SGT,   I served in the Army, 1962-1965 and then in the Naval Reserve,  4 years.  

Comment by Chalice on April 3, 2014 at 8:08am

Unbelievable.  i have never understood the VA medical system.  Why do the Vet's get a poorer level of healthcare?

Comment by SGT William A. Geresy (ret) on March 31, 2014 at 11:52pm

What branch did you serve in?

Myself, Air Force 1971-84.  MI Army National Guard 2000-09.

My Avatar is me in Iraq a bit over 10 years ago.

That is so true of the government.  They cut and spend in all the wrong places!

And the VA facility in Detroit is named for John Dingel.  Why name a Veterans anything after a politician that never served?  It should be called "Dingelberry".  That about describes him!

I live just a bit too close to Battle Creek to get travel pay to there.

Comment by Sandy Barringer on March 31, 2014 at 2:22pm

Hey, brother, I feel for you.  I've had similar experiences.  They've made new rules for travel pay too;  you used to get reimbursed for any travel.  Now there are conditions in which sometimes you get travel pay, and sometimes you don't.  Hey,  I have to travel to my main station for all my care, so why isn't all travel covered now?  It still costs me money to drive there.  If you go for a yearly check-up, you won't get travel pay;  if you sent to a specialist, you get travel pay.  They are trying to cut expenses and this is only one way they do it. 

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