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About ewsieczka

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    E-3 Seaman
  • Birthday 12/30/1959

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    MSgt. USAF
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    Manila, PH.
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    Food, wine, cocktails, cigars, and travel.

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  • Service Connected Disability
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    Foodie, wine lover, traveler.

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  1. Does anyone have a list of attorneys that deal with veterans issues, like suing the government? Thanks.

  2. Found out why now. VA Manila cannot conduct home visit inspections to give out the stipend.
  3. No appeal. No nothing. Overseas expat veterans do not get a caregiver stipend. I called the WH VA hotine too.

    Good afternoon, VA Manila Veterans:

    As of November 1, 2020, VA Manila will no longer provide orthopedic appointments to Veterans. All Veterans with scheduled orthopedic appointments will receive a separate notice advising them that their appointment has been cancelled, and how to access needed orthopedic services through the Foreign Medical Program (FMP).

    I know that many Veterans in the Philippines will look at this decision and be frustrated. Some may say this is one more in a long string of cuts. I wanted to take a moment to explain some of the reasons behind this decision, and why I believe it will ultimately result in better Veteran care.  There are two primary reasons the Outpatient Clinic is making this decision to stop providing orthopedic care:

    1.)           VA Manila no longer provides Compensation and Pension (C&P) examinations to support Veteran’s disability claims to the Manila Regional Office; and
    2.)           VA Manila no longer coordinates needed surgical care for Veterans in the community with Letters of Authorization. It is the Veteran’s responsibility to coordinate this care using the Foreign Medical Program.

    As a bit of background, all of the specialty care clinics at VA Manila previously existed primarily to support the VA Manila Regional Office’s operations and need for C&P exams. Since 2018, those exams were transitioned away from the Clinic and to a contract with Veterans Evaluation Services (VES). Since that change occurred, VA Manila has not been needed to provide this service for the Regional Office.

    When VA Manila’s community care program was transferred from the Non-VA Care program to the Foreign Medical Program, it no longer made sense for the clinic to offer consultations for conditions that it  had no ability to treat or to manage. With the VA Manila Orthopedic Clinic no longer available, Veterans with service-connected orthopedic conditions can go directly to community providers where they can make treatment recommendations and provide continuity of care. VA Manila wants Veterans to avoid  ‘fragmented care’ – where the Clinic diagnoses something, but it has no ability to manage or treat it. This is not sound medical practice, and my goal as the Clinic Manager is to ensure that Veterans get the best, safest, most effective health care services – even when that sometimes means making tough choices and eliminating a service.

    Veterans with service-connected disabilities specific to an orthopedic condition will remain fully eligible to seek these services through the Foreign Medical Program. VA Manila continues to work with the VA Office of Community Care, which has program oversight of FMP, to improve the timeliness of reimbursements and to enroll more hospitals and providers as participants and direct billers of FMP.

    If you have specific questions, please feel free to contact the VA Manila Veteran Advocate, Mr. Anthony Mendoza, at +63-02-8396-3716, or via Secure Messenger via the Patient Advocate mail group.

    I hope you and your families are continuing to remain healthy and well during the COVID19 pandemic. Thank you for making VA Manila your healthcare provider of choice.


    Daniel Gutkoski, MHA
    Clinic Manager

    Daniel Gutkoski, MHA
    Clinic Manager, VA Manila Outpatient Clinic
    United States Embassy, Seafront Compound
    1501 Roxas Blvd., Pasay City, NCR 1302, Philippines
    Direct:  +63 (02) 8396-3735
    PH Toll Free: #MyVA (#6982)

  5. I was receiving the stipend for three months in 2019 and then it stopped. The VA Manila Clinic stopped funding it.
  6. Karshi-Khanabad(K2): Hazardous Exposures and Effects on U.S. Servicemembers




    Is the fax number 303.331.7808 still valid. I'm faxing from the Philippines and I get no answer. Is it 24/7? In addition, I sent two VA 10-7959C via FEDEX and registered mail and it's been nearly a year and NO response.

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    2. broncovet


      Try another source:  ebenefits/va.gov

      Its not suprising a fax number is not working, most people dont use fax anymore.  email, upload, or snail mail it.  

    3. ewsieczka


      Mail and fax are the only options. Mail has been delivered several months ago.

    4. vetquest


      One option is to wait and see if they respond.  Another is to send the information again, they get dups sometimes and it takes them a while to figure it out but if it is a time sensitive appeal I would resend it registered before the deadline and track the letter through the post office.  Finally you can call the 1-800 number and see if there are any updates to your case file.

  8. Prescribing an Epidemic: A Veteran’s Story https://www.madinamerica.com/2019/12/prescribing-epidemic-veterans-story/n Epidemic: A Veteran’s Story

  9. Another MISSION Act Fail: Poor Staffing Behind Scheduling Delays https://www.disabledveterans.org/2020/01/20/mission-act-poor-staffing/


  10. Dallas VA Police Fire 19 Rounds At Man Seeking Psychiatric Care Killing Him https://www.disabledveterans.org/2020/01/13/dallas-va-police-shooting/ 

  11. Veterans say contaminated overseas military base caused cancer  


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