The Toughest Fight

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By: Kerry Reed

The toughest time in my life was after getting out of the Corps as an E-5 with disability. An ongoing battle fighting to get the right help from the VA. I loved the time I was in the Corps and brotherhood is like no other. Between the contaminated LST’s and the tainted water at Camp Lejeune I face an enemy hard to defeat. I am currently fighting Lung Cancer for the 3rd time. All of these are new cancers not repeats. Both kinds of lung caner Small Cell and Non Small Cell. One of each in the right lung and Small cell in the left lung. I quit smoking along time ago, this is NOT from smoking 20 years ago. There is no other case like mine. For me to get treatment through the VA I would have to travel 130 miles to a VA center capable of treating me. But the VA clinic that is 20 miles away disqualifies me from getting Non VA local healthcare. Even tho they can not treat me it counts under the 40 mile clause. Imagine traveling 130 miles while sick as a dog 4 times a month for 4 months. The only saving grace was/is private health care insurance and now just Medicare. I have battling this now for 9 years. Semper Fi.

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jerry powers,

Hang tough Marine.In the meantime…..get a hair cut, shave and stand tall…….Semper Fi sir. Best. /gs

Gene Spanos,

This new system is no good go back to the old way, so we can read the whole story.

SSgt Jim Leonard (Ret),

Hi Cpl, I get a 10% discount from Lowes with my PINK discharge ID. Its all they ever ask for here in Longview, WA. Here is a solution for the VA. Put all of the elected officails and their families under the VA system and it would get fixed in less then a year. They would not put up with that crap if it was their children and wives getting messed with! KL Heston, Sgt USMC ’68-’72

Kenneth L. Heston,

Served with G-3-8 at lejune 51-54 there was a dougherty in our mortar section. any relation??? Guess I was lucky had no problem with affects from water. I never had any dealings with VA

Henry K,

As a former Marine of 1970’s and 80’s at Swamp Lagoon, I’ve trying for the last five years just for VSO’s to listen. The problem is I’m FEMALE and Pat me on my head and tell me to go my merry way. It’s hard to do when one has neurological disorders that mimic MS. So, I feel for you brother. I just hope you get the treatment you need. SEMPER FI.

Kendel Scaffe,

get A HOLD OF THE VFW SERVICE Officer at the VA hospital or the nearest VFW/ DAV Post, They can help you.

Bruce Mally,

Agreed on the suggestions to receive treatment via the choice program or a local facility .Contact the Patient care advocate at the clinic or hospital if no satisfaction contact your local Congresman or Senator .Copy a Service Officer from a local Association DAV !!! Semper Fidelis ” Doc “

Frank Morelli,

I have a 320 mile round trip to a VA Medical Center, I cannot travel due to my injury. When I did go down with the pain, I found the idiot who did not see my issue as a hardship, I told him that I would pray for him, pray that hell find he and his loved ones.

matters not,

Use your Chain of command. If the VA is not treating you illness correctly you need to write an e-mail, or a letter to the commander in chief, that right The president of the united states, he does listen and can make things happen, secondly ,write an e-mail or letter to the director of the VA. it will also get you action. I have done this myself and got real action in my own trials and tribulations with the VA health care system.

Dwayne Wimbley,

The few times I attempted to connect with the VA, I was reminded too much of times trying to deal with the Dept of Motor Vehicles. Plenty of frustration ! I refuse to have some lard-ass with no military experience sit there and dictate to me a bunch of bureaucratic chicken crap regulations. I have nothing to add to the above wise advice offered by our brothers & sisters. Hang tough,Buddy. As a side issue, LOWES offers a 10% discount to veterans . . . but only if you can produce a VA membership card. You can show them your VFW or American Legion cards, or reven your DD214 ; they only accept a VA card as proof that you’re a vet !

Cpl Dave R.,

Perserverince Marine. I to have a rare cancer, from serving 70-72. Okinawa( 3/12) 71′ then floated in gulf of Tonkin several months being stuck in the belly of a LST. It takes time, but with assistance from VFW, private vet assistance programs the help and compensation is there. Semper Fi


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Jeanette H,

I am so frustrated reading your message. I am sorry you’re having to go through this, especially because what you’ve been told is not true! You can get treatment closer to home under the CHOICE program. If you are in Eastern NC and Durham VAMC is your VA hospital please respond here. I am also a disabled veteran who uses DVAMC and I will do my utmost best to assist you in any way I can.

Jeanette H,

Harry’s right grt after your VA and harrass them about Veteran’s Choice The Charleston VA has an office for it

John Stone,

I live in New Hampshire, (my choice), where we Do Not have a full facility V.A. Hospital. Under a plan called Veterans Choice, I just had a hip replacement at a local hospital, (ten minutes from my house), other wise I would have to travel to either Mass. or Vermont. My point being, at Your V.A. Hospital there should be an office with, 1) Patient Advocate, or 2) A Veterans Choice Rep. I ran the gauntlet to receive Veterans choice, but with their help. Ask for one of these reps !!!!!!! Their function at the V.A. is to help You receive what You Are Entitled To. If they say no ,, That is a load of Scuttlebutt ,, (trying to be polite) ….. We have small clinics in N.H. (but that’s what they are ,, Clinics !!!! They do not X-ray ,, do operations in any form ,, All they do is give shots and be a home base for your PCP !!! Do Not Give Up !!!!!!!!!!! Semper Fi

jim angelo,

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