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Jul 15 17 10:30 PM
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c'est la vie
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Ron91 wrote:Re: "I believe a poll (like the one suggested) that inherently divides veterans would be inappropriate, and would serve as ammunition to those who would like to see reductions in veterans benefits."--Cheyenne
Possibly, although I think a poll here would be rather minuscule compared to national polls. On the other hand, some of the VBN topics have >100,000 visits.
As an aside, my opinion is that veterans as a whole, are like the rest of the country and have differing opinions on many matters. Veterans are patriotic, concerned about their country and fellow veterans, and support issues that benefit veterans in general. Certainly, there are other areas of commonality. Somewhat associated, having a different opinion about leaders does not make one unpatriotic or more patriotic.
Returning to Cheyenne's comment, many organizations cherry-pick available information and the context in which it is presented is often misleading. None of the organizations I have privately considered are perfectly innocent.
Just some opinions...
Actually, most national polls only sample around 1,000-1,500 people. But, the VA could have done their own mail-in polling, I dunno. There was a survey sent out to Vets this year I think, I didn't respond on mine but I wonder if that survey had a ''Choice'' type question and if that's the basis they're using to try and justify Choice.
I'd like to see what our membership thinks, if it's entirely anonymous, it might turn out that the majority of our membership favors Choice/private care.
Jul 16 17 10:30 AM
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Jul 16 17 10:59 AM
El Pistolero wrote:Not a bad idea, Survivir--whoever volunteers to to organize a group of veterans to come up with a platform toget some Kongress Kritter to present it as a bill will have to remember that organizing such a diverse group of peopleis like herding cats. No disrespect to you or your idea.
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Be sure to read the last 2 paragraphs.
Jul 17 17 7:33 PM
nmfxstc wrote:fallonboy wrote:https://www.stripes.com/news/veterans/vet-groups-warn-lawmakers-not-to-impose-age-factor-on-unemployability-benefit-1.358280#.WW09AoTyuUk
Be sure to read the last 2 paragraphs.What is missing in this landscape is that IU vets are not working during the years IU...that could be anywhere from age 25 to 95, but the reason for IU is to compensate for loss of income. (and that income can easily be more than the amount of IU each month/year/decade, so those months/years remain static as far as income.) Can a vet work beyond 62??? Well....take a look at the US Congress, the POTUS, and the SCOUS!!!
That is an excellent point, I would hope it gets notice.
Our position might should be that unless there becomes age limits on employment, o/t the few in ''public safety's interest like commercial pilots, etc', then age limits should not apply to IU. An 80 yo or 67 Yo in any capacity let alone Congress or the SCOTUS, negates the argument on ending IU at 66.
We should all be on board for/with that.
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Martinyale wrote:You have asked a timely question. Just got a call A FEW MINUTES AGO from another Vet who was sent to a local eye surgeon because they don't do catarac surgery at the local VA hospital. He met with eye surgeon on the Choice program and confirmed he needed catarac surgery for both eyes. Surgery is scheduled in 10 days. Just received a call from the eye surgeon with the news that the surgery has been rejected by the VA because he has not been seen by a VA doctor! The same VA who said they don't have anyone qualified to make the diagnosis or do the surgery. Yikes! Can they be any more incommpetent? Let's be generous and attribute it to an oversight. I'm sure everyone's erperience isn't this bad, but really? He's just now trying to sort it out.
Oh, and by the way. In the meeting with the eye surgeon, he was offered the "bare bones" catarac lens which the VA will pay for. However, if he wanted the premium lens, which they say will allow him to see both near and far, it would be another $6,000 PER EYE which the VA will no NOT pay for. Why would a Vet need to see both near and far? Seems excessive.
Jul 18 17 5:00 AM
NHvietvet wrote:fallonboy wrote:https://www.stripes.com/news/veterans/vet-groups-warn-lawmakers-not-to-impose-age-factor-on-unemployability-benefit-1.358280#.WW09AoTyuUk
Be sure to read the last 2 paragraphs.Just goes to show that two years after that was written, many of the very same pros and cons were advanced this time around. Didn't go against us back then, and it's not going against us this time either. Sometimes, reason actually does rule.
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