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#1 Gerowen

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Posted 03 July 2014 - 06:16

 

The Department of Veteran Affairs is apologizing for finally responding to a hospital appointment request letter, two years too late.
 
Suzanne Chase of Acton, Massachusetts, has been working to put the pain of losing her husband, Douglas Chase, to brain cancer, almost two years ago.
 
In 2012, a year after her husband’s diagnosis, Chase attempted to move his care in Boston to a nearby veteran’s hospital in Bedford. She said they waited for four months with no reply but Doug died in August 2012.
 
Just two weeks ago, Chase received a letter from the VA finally responding to her appointment request.
“The letter invited him to make an appointment with primary care at the VA, if he so desired. Then at the bottom they said they wanted a quick response,” Chase told ABC’s Boston affiliate WCVB.
 
The VA letter concluded, “We are committed to providing primary care in a timely manner and would greatly appreciate a prompt response.”
 
“I was absolutely stunned, to say the least. Really? Seriously? They are sending me a letter now? I don’t have words to describe it,” said Chase.
 
As if adding salt to the wound, her Vietnam veteran husband was denied veterans funeral benefits because he was never actually treated at a veterans’ hospital.

 

 



#2 Tha Bloo Monkee

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Posted 03 July 2014 - 06:24

Then at the bottom they said they wanted a quick response

 

Gotta love the irony.  Took 2 years to send a letter out and then demand a quick response back.



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Posted 03 July 2014 - 06:51

Your vets don't get a vet funeral unless they're in a VA hospital?  Surely that isn't right, surely any of your armed service personal are given a funeral and a headstone as thanks for your sacrifice?



#4 FloatingFatMan

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Posted 03 July 2014 - 10:35

Your vets don't get a vet funeral unless they're in a VA hospital?  Surely that isn't right, surely any of your armed service personal are given a funeral and a headstone as thanks for your sacrifice?

 

I think that only happens if you die during service, not after...  



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Posted 03 July 2014 - 12:21

I think that only happens if you die during service, not after...  

 

Over here the ADF pay an amount towards the funeral, and provide a headstone plaque.  Most cemeteries have returned service personal areas.

Seems strange that a country that comes across as so thankful to their veterans wouldn't do something like this.



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Posted 03 July 2014 - 21:09

Better late than never .... oh wait ...

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Posted 03 July 2014 - 21:28

US Military VA Burial Allowance:  http://www.military....-allowance.html





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