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In short the VA will not treat me for my SC condition.

I have been told twice, by two different VA employees, to seek private care. I am being treated for my headaches and sort of for my depression but have flatly been refused care for my cognative dissorder and dementia due to head injury.

The VA has about the best brain injury program in the country. If, I could get in. However, when I requested to be evaluated and treated at one of the brain injury centers, it was agreed that I needed specific care my regional Medical Center could not provide. I was approved to go to one of the centers but then I was refered to one closer to me for transportation reasons. I was told by the head coordinator at this other facility (Palo Alto) that their program was full and to seek treatment locally. They did not deny that I needed care.

My local VA primary mental health care person told me from the beginning she does not have the experience or knowledge to treat me. She said I have three choices. Minimal treatment that she can provide (anti-depressants). Move to one of the regions with brain injury center. Or pay for my own private treatment. I'm paying. But, this is a small community with little expertise. It's all I have.

Anyway, my condition is treatable. There are programs proven to help with dementia due to brain injury. I cannot be cured, but I would appreciate a better quality of life.

Enough ranting. Unless someone has an idea, I suppose I'll continue pay for the treatment of my SC condition. I've tried everything else.

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timetowninarace,

it seems to me that the va should be paying for your treatment no matter where you get it. If I were you I would be writeing some letters to my congressman, senator, even the president anyone with power that would listen.

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They can't get away with that!!! Go see your congressman. You have a service connected injury and the VA must treat you. The treatment may be outsourced to some private doc but they should pay.

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I would contact Honorable Daniel Cooper, Under Secretary for Veterans Benefits. His secretary is extremely nice and she will be happy to accept any fax that you sent to him. He will definitely read your letter and prefers to be addressed by Honorable. He sure was a life saver for me. He lit a fire under the a__ of Huntington R. O. personally.

Here goes:

Honorable Daniel Cooper

Telephone # 1-202- 273-6763

Always,

Josephine

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In short the VA will not treat me for my SC condition.

I have been told twice, by two different VA employees, to seek private care. I am being treated for my headaches and sort of for my depression but have flatly been refused care for my cognative dissorder and dementia due to head injury.

The VA has about the best brain injury program in the country. If, I could get in. However, when I requested to be evaluated and treated at one of the brain injury centers, it was agreed that I needed specific care my regional Medical Center could not provide. I was approved to go to one of the centers but then I was refered to one closer to me for transportation reasons. I was told by the head coordinator at this other facility (Palo Alto) that their program was full and to seek treatment locally. They did not deny that I needed care.

My local VA primary mental health care person told me from the beginning she does not have the experience or knowledge to treat me. She said I have three choices. Minimal treatment that she can provide (anti-depressants). Move to one of the regions with brain injury center. Or pay for my own private treatment. I'm paying. But, this is a small community with little expertise. It's all I have.

Anyway, my condition is treatable. There are programs proven to help with dementia due to brain injury. I cannot be cured, but I would appreciate a better quality of life.

Enough ranting. Unless someone has an idea, I suppose I'll continue pay for the treatment of my SC condition. I've tried everything else.

Time

Time,

If you've got the SC decision and progress notes that say you should be treated but your VA clinic can't, then turn in a treatment bill to your local VAMC Fee Services department. Presuming they reject the bill, you're now ready to go congressional with the VA law on treatment and ask for help.

Ralph

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