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  • Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?

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    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

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I'm telling you, the VA has an evening school for an advance degree in how to screw up. You just can't make this stuff up.I was told by several VA medical people, that if you are in fairly good shape, to wait to get the flu shot until mid to late November. Point is the flu doesn't typically show up in most areas until December and the faccine wears down over time so it would be stronger for you at peak season if you wait. So 2 weeks ago I call my VA clinic and they have no HD shots, which is for people over 65. They won't be getting anymore according to my nurse. So, I go to the VAMC; the waiting room is going to collapse, so I figure I will try Wallgreens' which also is an outlet for the VA. They have been doing the flu shots for the VA the last couple of years.I call; they have the HD shot. I go there and she says, we have the shot but the VA won't pay for the HD shot. It will cost you $65 if you don't have a Medicare card. Gotta be a mistake; nothing like that at the VA web site. Yup. I can get the regular shot free, but the HD is $65 bananas. Nope. I go today to the VAMC;  no more HD vaccines available." Why don't I try Walgreens"? I explain; she calls the local Walgreens'. $65 bananas. So I get the regular shot not the HD shot. Nurse says it's better than nothing.  I call the VA Whitehouse and tell them. They are going to look into it. I said get it moving; older veterans are going to lose out again!

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Do you have a Publix supermarket nearby? They will give you a free flu shot, plus a $10 gift card to use there. Might as well get paid.

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Free is good! But no, we don't have any Publix around here.

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@GBArmy Darn, that stinks. They just started doing it last year. I wish other stores/pharmacies would do something like that. It's a good way to generate traffic in their stores.

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I remember when Walgreens' started doing it. I got a shot but it didn't get into my med file. The nurse asked me why I didn't get a flue shot and I told her I did at Walgreens', she said it hadn't been entered into my records. They might have it down right in another year or two!

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What really bothers me is the VA can't work out even the simplest of details. If they said there was a charge for the HD shot for seniors, the veterans have the whole story and can decide for themselves what they want to do and where to go. I mean, their drug store could be a lot closer than driving to their VA. But if they are charged $65, then maybe they rather drive. Another example of one hand not knowing what the other is doing. Just put out accurate information VA: it would help you in the Public Relations area!

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