Monday letters: Rating system dictates service

06/09/2014 12:00 AM

06/06/2014 6:23 PM

There is one area dealing with service-connected disabilities that I have heard little about. There are several categories of eligibility for veterans’ health care; the more severe your disability is rated, the more quickly health care is given.

A veteran with 100 percent service-connected disabilities would get not necessarily better treatment but accessibility — and waiting periods seem to be shorter.

Veterans without rated disabilities are treated on the basis of availability, and waiting periods are longer.

The best advice I ever got before being medically retired was, “Register with the VA, and list every injury, sickness, etc., you incurred while in service.” I wonder whether the delays that veterans are complaining about were the result of not being originally enrolled or not having their disabilities rated by the VA.

This, too, would bear looking into.

Harold F. Slawson


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