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I went to VA today and saw my PCP someone I have learned to trust and feel that she has my better interests at heart. We discussed several issues including she consulted for new diabetic shoes. I got 2 pair a brown and a black. I asked when I got them if the VA also provided socks and the answer was if Doc orders they do. I also asked about something to help me put the socks on and they said I could get an aid that you pulled the sock over and stepped in and than removed and sock was on. Once again Doc has to order it but they are provided.

My VA is trying to pair u veterans with in house specialists to help Veterans do better with meds and other issues. They have a noce waiting room with a new TV and new furniture and I am supposed to go to VA to see a diabetic specialist every 2 weeks.

My Doc also told me that VA is sending many to special classes so that VA can model itself after Medicare and cut benefits. It seems that many of the out patient things VA was providing were abused not necessairly by patients but by the firms providing service and major cutbacks are coming now and at first of year.

All in all I am afraid its a very bleak picture for VA and its patients and staff.

Veterans deserve real choice for their health care.

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Guest terrysturgis

Pete, I am blessed because my wife is retired from the school system. I use her health benefits to get the diabetic shoes and testing supplies that I would be entitled to from the VA. I have to go to the VAMC twice a year. My VA doctor reviews my private doctors information and out the door I go. It's easier for me to deal with the VA this way as I do not have to fight to get the benefits I have earned.

If suppliers and vendors are the ones abusing our system the VA needs to kick them out the door with jail time. Take care.

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