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.
Never miss a local story.
This, too, would bear looking into.
Harold F. Slawson