Jim's Mailbag

Jim's Mailbag
October 26, 2010

Jim,

I am a vet from the Vietnam Era.

I am seen for healthcare at the VA HealthCare System in Chicago.

A week ago, I was scheduled at a critical surgery clinic. This clinic in itself is filled to the max on the one 'half day' that they meet per week.

What I arrived to last week at this clinic was a space, with seating for at best 20 patients, already filled to the maximum, with patients spilling out into the hallway.

After checking in which took nearly 30 minutes, I questioned what was going on but did not get an answer from the staff, who it seems, don't want to create rumblings about what is happening.

When I saw veterans on crutches and canes, or in wheel chairs, who could not even get into the space to check in, who had to wait for their names to be called by nurses and doctors out in the hallway, forced to stand, I kinda lost it and walked in to the Directors to voice my complaint as to what they were putting Veterans and staff through.

Within 30 minutes maintenance started arriving with more chairs, but that is simply not enough for what is happening here.

Jim's Mailbag
October 26, 2010

Jim,

I know you are not a lawyer but with the cost of IHD as a AO presumptive disease, can congress approve one or more and deny the other or is it all or nothing?

Reply;

I believe all 3 new presumptives will come as a package, all or nothing. I also believe that it could be nothing.
 

Jim's Mailbag
October 26, 2010

Jim,

I've found a web site that has V.A. publications and manuals that deal with what those people ( the V.A. ) are supposed to be doing for veterans. On my search engine, I typed in: www1.va.gov/vhapublications

Reply:

That’s a great site. Thanks for sharing. I really enjoy getting mail from veterans like you who want to reach out to help other veterans. You made my day!
 

Jim's Mailbag
October 26, 2010

Jim,

Thank you for the work you do on behalf of all veterans.

After the hearing on AO Presumptive ISH conducted 9/23/10 where does leave the veteran? What is the next step in this process?

Will the VA start to process the previously denied claims. and if so when?

Reply:

No, VA will not begin processing claims...not to my knowledge. I believe more Congressional bickering, stalling and delays will happen first. I'm not yet convinced this will pass.