If I’ve learned anything it’s that a service member’s fight doesn’t end when they return home from war or are even when they are discharged all together from active duty. A battle still rages, on multiple fronts. Most everyone is familiar with or at least heard of the PTSD battle and the coinciding battle for troops to discover a new norm and how to find where they fit back into society. However, the war I want to touch on today is the one fought to ensure veterans receive the healthcare they deserve.
Truly there are countless stories I could relay regarding all we’ve experienced and watched my husband endure at the hands of the VA healthcare/hospital system. I am not exaggerating when I say over the nearly two years now it feels as though I’ve had to fight a daunting foe every step of the way just to get my husband’s basic health needs met. It’s so frustrating to watch someone you care about and that you know has sacrificed so much for this country be treated subpar. Truthfully, illegal immigrants are extended more easily accessible benefits than my husband. However, I do not want this blog to turn into a raging rant of VA bashing.
Rather my goal today is to encourage you, the one caring for our veterans, to continue to fight the good fight for your veteran/military loved one and do not allow your attitude to be poisoned in the process. Yes, there are countless hoops to jump through and yes the system is broken and difficult to navigate, but keep trying. Along the way there will be employees and staff that you encounter who genuinely care & will provide you with useful information and timely assistance. The key is to not give up. Keep calling, writing and making a general nuisance of yourself until your veteran loved one gets what they need. I’m not saying have a bad attitude and be rude. You can be relentless and cordial at the same time. J
Many veterans are truthfully not equipped to navigate the hoops to get the care they need so we must be their advocate. I am by no means an expert, but I have had nearly two years of experience navigating the VA beast and have learned by trial and error and through the kindness of others taking the time to explain things to me and provide me with useful information. That being the case, I will happily share any knowledge I have to make your journey as a Veteran’s advocate less stressful and more productive. Feel free to message me on FB messenger. You can find my page under Nick N Faith Wells in the Lexington, KY area. If I do not have the information you’re looking for, I’ll do my best to find it or at least point you in the right direction.
Keep fighting the good fight!!