The Toughest Fight

The Toughest Fight

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

    just like to say hi usmc 72-73

  • Gene Spanos

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

  • SSgt Jim Leonard (Ret)

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

  • Kenneth L. Heston

    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

  • Henry K

    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

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