VA News #586


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#586
Oct. 6 & 13, 2014

Hosts: Ann Czapiewski & Clifton Coates
Excutive Producer: Ken McKinnon
Run Time: 15:00

VA News is a weekly program designed to provide timely news and information about the Department of Veterans Affairs. The newscast is co-sponsored by the VHA Employee Education System and the Office of Public Affairs in partnership with other headquarters and field offices.

Author

Reynaldo Leal

– Reynaldo Leal recently joined the VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System as the public affairs officer. He is a proud Marine Corps Veteran who deployed to the Al Anbar Province with 3rd Battalion 5th Marine Regiment in 2004 and 2006. He also took part in some of the heaviest fighting during Operation Phantom Fury in 2004. Before coming to Continental South District he worked on the VA’s Digital Media Engagement team and was the State Public Affairs Specialist for USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is glad to be back home in his native South Texas, and looks forward to working for his fellow Veterans. He also looks forward to introducing his two sons to all the great fishing and outdoor opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley.

Comments

  1. patrick jahnke    

    Why does the va doctors and clinic still prolong a veteran pain? I was on a narcotics drug Feb my doctor retire, shortly after meds cancel know fight for meds so I can sleep. It needle and pin in a scar tissue area left leg it nonstop pain , I have trying their hoops and ladder 1st thing didn’t help. Waiting for PT the order take 3 months for that, I’m in pain, one doctor tell me I need control the pain , I CANT so she stop seeing me. Were is va? I have call these special clinic get a run around it nonstop call so so, pass the buck they pass the buck . I call doc nurse she did the same. It use less the va system. I veteran in pain no one help !!

    1. Jon Dunbarr    

      I completely understand your frustration as I have had the same problems with the VA. I don’t know what facility you use, however, all I can say is at my facility I have found a very few providers that actually care about providing the best possible care for us veterans and I hang oon to them for dear life. I have heard that the VA is approving outside care more often now so maybe you could ask for that. Also, you don’t have to stick with the same providers, you do have the right to request and get a new provider if you are not happy with your current provider. Good luck to you!!!

  2. Former Spec 5    

    I feel your pain Bro…..I just spent an hour and a half trying to get an eye appt. on the MHV website and finally gave up. As a final resort I call patient rep in Dallas and they tell me the only way to get to see an eye doc. is to have my primary care doc. make an appt for me. WTF ! my PC has never asked about my eyes and why should they ? they are PC ! the eye ppl should make the eye care appts……meanwhile I have to close one eye to focus on whatever I’m trying to see………..I tried to get some hydrocodone for pain………..may as well have asked for free pass to heaven…………..fubar

    1. Jon Dunbarr    

      I know it sucks but your PC is the start point to see any specialists. I too feel I should be able to go straight to what ever specialist I need without having to make, yet another, appointment with my PC but I have found that this is just what it is. Go to your PC on a walk in and get that referral. Hang in there dude!

  3. patrick jahnke    

    It cat and mouse thing, their the mice ur a cat and u be run around like ur Mr no body , eye clinic and dentist are my best clinics rest are nothing no help and pain in ass . keep buggy them or goto er va they make appt faster. Ur PC take 3-6 month to act

  4. MORRIS SLYDELL II    

    I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO GET INTO A DRUG REHAB FOR SEVERAL WEEKS . THEY MY PRIMARY NEEDED A MEDICAL CLEARANCE . ONCE RECEIVED I AN STILL WAITING FOR PLACEMENT . I AM VERY TIRED OF THE QUESTIONS AND NO SERVICE .

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