VA Benefits?????.....Any Vets..........MMMNAVY?

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mdf34
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   Posted 8/9/2010 6:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Someone suggested to me that my VA benefits may help with some of my medical bills, presciption expenses and such for this DD.  Was wondering if anyone here is able to utilize any of these medical benefits?  And if so, how do I go about doing so.  I have not had to use my VA benefits for anything to date(except my house).   MMMNAVY, maybe you know?
Diagnosed (FINALLY) UC Sept 09/Diagnosis amended 5-3-10 to Crohn's
Taking Pentasa 500mg/8x/day
Entocort 3X/day
Bentyl as needed
1000 mg Vitamin C
Prilosec 1X/day
Flonase
 
 

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randynoguts
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   Posted 8/10/2010 2:40 AM (GMT -7)   
mdf.. as a VA patient.. i would ask first if you are service conected for the disease. meaning have you had a claim approved by the VA? did you get sick while on active duty? if so you would need to file a claim with the VA. any service ORG like Amvets, DAV, VFW Am legion will help you for free. they will assist in filling out forms etc.. and get you headed in the right direction. but to answer you main question yes the VA will cover things IF you can prove that you got sick on active duty or from something that happened or think may have started it off while serving. IE: vacinations for basic, overseas duty, exposure to toxins, radiation, parasites, defoiliants, whatever... it may take a while for your claim to be decided. (years) but it will be retroactive if approved.. good luck.
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mdf34
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   Posted 8/10/2010 2:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the input.  I definitely need to start checking into things..........I actually got told I had irritable bowel while in the AF but it went away, so I was all better.
Diagnosed (FINALLY) UC Sept 09/Diagnosis amended 5-3-10 to Crohn's
Taking Pentasa 500mg/8x/day
Entocort 3X/day
Bentyl as needed
1000 mg Vitamin C
Prilosec 1X/day
Flonase
 
 

randynoguts
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Total Posts : 6049
   Posted 8/10/2010 4:35 PM (GMT -7)   
i would go back through your med records and check for any tests that were done.. i would certainly claim a missdiagnosis!
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MMMNAVY
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   Posted 8/10/2010 5:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I would too. I was told I had gastroentris (sp?) when I was in (I was throwing up blood), and while I am still struggling to get service connected for the crohns (I am service connected for other health issues) I think it might be something to look into after all the worst they can say is no (which they will repeatly do, but sometimes it is about weeding people out).
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mdf34
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Total Posts : 925
   Posted 8/11/2010 12:39 PM (GMT -7)   
HA HA HA...........tests????  That doc checked me out, listened to my belly and said IBS, here take these pills, we'll see you later.  I just have to see if it  is in my medical records I made copies of.  Thanks Guys.  Oh yeah, I don't want disability, I am just looking for some help with the costs, I know, like most others, it was NOT something I had budgeted for.
Diagnosed (FINALLY) UC Sept 09/Diagnosis amended 5-3-10 to Crohn's
Taking Pentasa 500mg/8x/day
Entocort 3X/day
Bentyl as needed
1000 mg Vitamin C
Prilosec 1X/day
Flonase
 
 

MMMNAVY
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 6927
   Posted 8/11/2010 12:53 PM (GMT -7)   
but in order to get benefits (with meds etc) you have to be service connected for your illness.
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I will find a way or make one. –Phillip Sidney 1554-1586

All that I am and all that I shall ever be, I owe to my Angel Mother.

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Make sure your suffering has meaning…


cyclemaniac
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   Posted 8/11/2010 5:51 PM (GMT -7)   
you do not have to be service connected to get care at the VA, lots of non-service connected veterans are treated. you either need to be service connected for your disability or be below a certain income level to get free care/medications otherwise there are co-pays you will be charged. contact your local VA for information on enrolling for care, talk to the folks in eligibility or check out the VA website.

randynoguts
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Total Posts : 6049
   Posted 8/12/2010 12:49 AM (GMT -7)   
your right Cycle.. its just the hoops are way more hard to jump through.. a friend of mine in FL is priority group 8 and has a heck of a time. although his meds are like 10 bucks.
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