President, Secretary to host MISSION Act conference call Tuesday, 6/25


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Please join President Trump and VA Secretary Robert Wilkie for a conference call on Tuesday, June 25, at 11:45 AM EST to discuss the one year anniversary of the passage of the MISSION Act and the milestones accomplished during this time.

To listen in on the call, please visit www.att-rsvp.com and provide Conference ID #469230 to begin the registration process.

The call will last 15 minutes.

UPDATE: The first line has reached capacity, and a second line has been opened. Please fill out the following link and you will receive the dial-in information, upon RSVP’ing.

RSVP Link: https://ems9.intellor.com/?do=register&t=1&p=900804

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  1. JACK FORKOSH    

    The second line is also filled up…. why don’t we have unlimited access to these briefings???
    I am very interested and concerned for my health and need to get all information and updates as they
    pertain to me and all vets…….

  2. Barry Venable    

    With all of the great updates and additions to the VA that now allows a veteran
    to go to more places that a non veteran, ie civilians cannot go to a va facility.

    VA medical is considered health care coverage with respect to the ACA

    So, why is the law still on the books that if a veteran loses VA coverage
    and did not take medicare part B the veteran will be hit with finacial penitlies
    amouting to the number of months not on part B because the law does not consider
    VA medical proper coverage?

  3. Amapiano music    

    how can i be part of this conference please

  4. Roy Hall    

    I wish I could speak I would tell the president how Tri west is working against the mission act . I dislocated my shoulder my doctor has been submitting request as urgent. To only to be sent back saying a dislocated shoulder is not urgent request for MRI had to wait 6 weeks to get an appointment . I now need surgery a referral request was sent as urgent again the request was returned and had to be resent as routine. This means 6 more weeks to get to see a local doctor to set up the surgery. That doctor will have to request authorisation to do the surgery 6 more weeks of waiting . The whole time I am in pain and the lack of the use of my right arm. I have a friend who was the High sheriff for the county he told me if I was arrested I could have the surgery in less than 2 weeks . How sad is it that a criminal is treated with more respect than a veteran. I bet the president does not know that Tri west is doing this . The community care people tried to get Tri west to send the request to their Walla Walla office but was told the same thing the routine request takes 6 weeks to process . I live 3 1/2 hours from the nearest va who will have to send me to a local doctor to get the surgery as well.

  5. thomas    

    VA employees at Dallas VA and Bonham VA both are having problems with the Mission Act (their answer to questions are few and many times incorrect) Been waiting for VA “Permission” to see my Community Care Provider and I am approved by “Grandfathered” Clause of Mission Act but VA Dallas will not approve my request for Consults to enable me to see my Private Doctors.
    “This is a new program and will get better” is not the correct answer to Vets questions?

  6. thomas    

    Been trying going on 3 weeks to get consult approved for Community Care. I am 100% disabled and approved for Community Care by the “Grandfathered” Clause of the Act. Dallas VA and Bonham VA both are pointing fingers at each other over incorrect filling out of request. They know their problem but no one shows interest in correcting and approving my consults. Dallas VA Director Allen is not “Vet Friendly” , more like a VA employee just waiting on a big wage increase if figures shows VA Hosp doing a better job than Community Care (only because VA will not approve consults so Vet can see Community Care Providers. Call everyone but few if any call back, My Case Manager will not return my call. Always had great Community Care under Choice Plan but VA was not involved. I called TriWest and had appt in 1 or 2 days.

  7. Edward Kay    

    Why is it that VETERANS go to the vamc and get treated like a dog: and we take our dogs to a veterinarian to be treated like a HUMAN member of the FAMILY????? WTF????? . GOD help this country that treats those who protect it like segregated second class citizens. Why don’t you have a site like this asking “what can we do to better the care we give those who paid the price of our FREEDOM”? Here’s a thought! Why not have va employees get their health care at the va?

  8. Tom Verville    

    Yes, Where is the registration link?

  9. Joseph Cardone    

    I would love to be a part of this telephone conference.

  10. KRAIG CUMMINGS    

    I would like to provide positive input to the June 25 Mission Act conference.
    I am a 100% SC Air Force fighter pilot Vietnam era vet. I receive my medical care from the Richmond, Virginia VAMC. This is an excellent hospital with many competent and caring employees.
    I receive some of my care through the Mission Act Community Care initiative because of excessive wait times in certain hospital clinics where demand far exceeds supply. My experience with this program has been great. I have received excellent care in audiology, ophthalmology, dental and prosthetics services.
    I believe the VA Mission Act has been beneficial to the veteran population and thank President Trump for signing this act into law.
    Respectfully,
    Kraig Cummings

  11. David Peiffer    

    Good Morning, The VA needs to add Dental Care to the Mission Act. I travel almost 2 hour per appointment. VA should change DIC allotment to allow spouses to receive the same amount of monthly compensation as a Veteran does. Not limit it. Spouses support the Veteran every day during their ups and downs and have earned it. Thank you

    1. Lori Jordan    

      @ David Peiffer AMEN! AMEN and AMEN! re: SPOUSES.

  12. Mike Thomas    

    Fellow Vets, I just registered, it took only seconds, no need for hash tag. Mike.

    1. Steve S Day    

      Same here Mike. But what is the process to join the call tomorrow; do we connect via the web, call in phone#, or what?

  13. Donald Wolverton    

    I am a 72-year-old vet. I have numerous medical issues and am sick in the winter a lot. Little good does it do to go to a minute clinic as they have no diagnostic devices as x-rays for my lungs or c-scans of my lungs like the normally do when I get the flu or cold. They should allow us to go to the ER in a hospital 3 blocks from my house. I have to take a cab to the Jesse VA that costs me over $75 round trip when I am sick. They need to expand the care to hospitals near your home or a clinic that has diagnostic medical equipment. This program does me little good as they can’t help me at all. I have to go to the VA they tell me.. They should have a near hospital where real doctors are to take care of Vets with bad backs, lungs and kidneys.. I cannot use it..

  14. Jim Shaffner    

    I’m a Vietnam veteran and have great health care from the VA. It sounds to me like you are trying to get care you are not eligible for. Stop being a cry baby and find out what you need to do to become eligible. It also sounds to me like you may not be literate. Get some help.

    1. Edward Kay    

      Who the heck do you think you are to belittle a fellow vet not knowing anything about his/her medical problems? What are your credentials that you can make a JUDGEMENT about someones literacy?

    2. John Locke    

      Jim Shaffner your comments like “Stop being a cry baby…” and “…you may not be literate” are just plain hateful and unhelpful. Sounds like you need to stop making assumptions about other people. Perhaps you should get some help!

    3. Jeffrey S Benton    

      Yeah dude, not cool! If you have nothing to say that helps or benefits the veterans who are making their concerns known on here, then keep your f#!$ing comments to yourself.
      Id rather sound like a cry baby than a major douchebag.

  15. Emery W Tolbert    

    My 3rd try, If this one is no better than the Community Health Care system then you can save the money because it is impossible to get in contact with them. You get put on hold for an hour and then you get a dial tone. Trump and the VA big shots can stop patting each other on the backs because all they do is make the rich richer and do nothing for the VET’s. I HAVE WRITTEN Trump 2 letters, 1about 2 years ago and 1 about 6 months ago and no replies to either one to date, so that tells me he could care less about a Veteran or a person who has supported him for the last 4 years.

  16. Charles S Morrill    

    I can’t even get an appointment at the new VA in Mobile Alabama. for 6 months the CMO has shut out hundreds of veterans from getting an appointment. I’m a 100 percent service connected disabled veteran and I can not get care. My prescriptions are fixing to run out and I can’t get them renewed. The past 3 days I have tried getting stabbing stomach pains treated. They wont see me. Even in emergency walk in. The Veterans Administration Hospital is killing it’s veterans

  17. William Colt    

    Hope, they talk about funding for aviation programs.

    1. stephen long    

      What are the aviation programs?

  18. Marc Plouffe    

    To listen in on the call, please visit http://www.att-rsvp.com and provide Conference ID #469230 to begin the registration process.

  19. Larry holan Clark    

    We are “Snow Birds” and live in an RV to keep expenses down. We travel from Bend, OR to Phoenix, AZ and follow the good weather. We park next door to our Daughter and Son In-law in Phoenix in the Winter months and have kept Phoenix VA as my Primary Care Hospital and after this years travel will be staying in Phoenix, due to health issues and the issues of getting care, when traveling!
    It is going on 3 weeks since I called and tried to get an appointment for community based care, since Portland VA is over 200 miles away. I can’t even get my local clinic to call me back! My CPAP machine is not working properly! I need oxygen only at night! My son in law was a medic on a Special Forces team and is now a registered nurse, he ask me all the time: “Why won’t they give you oxygen?”
    The missions act looks good on paper: BUT the people in the local VA hospitals and Clinics do not even know what it says, to know how it works! I had to send them copies of parts of it, to get them to believe what I was saying it said! Some of the people at the hospital in Phoenix treat us like numbers, because they have a Government job and feel to secure in it!

    Every vet is not the same and we should not be put in a cookie cutter mold! We have individual needs and those needs should be treated with respect and dignity, just as we would if we went to a doctors office in the private sector! If a receptionist, or nurse, in a doctor’s office was not cordial and polite: I would talk to the Doctor, and or, not go back: AT the VA I’m stuck! The private sector wants our business: The people at the VA don’t care;their jobs are secure (So they believe!)

    The VA should have a program that does what my wife use to do in the public sector: Mystery Shopper!
    The program should have “Mystery Vets” try to make appointments, go to a Hospital and see how they are treated, try to get community care, etc; just like we have to go through, and then make reports to Secretary Robert Wilkie directly, so the reports don’t get watered down in the system. This should be an ongoing program: NOT just a one time deal!

    Let’s send our troops over seas and tell them they don’t have to shoot! What would happen? They would be dead in the trenches! The same should happen to the people on the phones, behind the desks, and reception counters: if they don’t treat US VETS, with at least the same courtesy and respect as we would get in the private sector!
    Please note: I say US VETS, because it has a double meaning: United States Vets and us vets as individual citizens that served our country.
    Unlike those that have crossed our borders illegally; we don’t have our hands out: we have earned the respect and courtesy of those working at the VA for US! Yes they work for us! Without the vets; they would not have a job and they should be reminded of that every day and be aware of it when they “greet” a vet, or treat a vet!
    God Bless the USA!

  20. Jeremy Walter    

    How did signing up for a conference call turn into a session to cry about your health care. I get the same care you all do and I agree, this new Act creates more wait time and confusion for the veteran. We all must remember we need to give it time to be ironed out before it can be a well oiled machine.

    1. valerie    

      That was pretty crude, not all veterans are experiencing care and attention as perhaps you may be. Not all issues are the same, and not getting cared for how one needs to be can be devastating emotionally as well as physically. Some of us don’t have the grace of time for patience when a health condition is threatening our life or peace of mind. Not all VA facilities are alike. There are some pretty crappy nurses and PC physicians, and mental health providers, lacking compassion while imposing their judgements on veterans that are powerless to be heard and have no where else to turn. I know from experience this to be absolutely true. What also may be true is you are fortunate to not be getting the same care that many of us do.

    2. Edward Kay    

      “We all must remember we need to give it time to be ironed out before it can be a well oiled machine.” humm yes is see good point “give it time” Has a dozen decades not been long enough? Sooo let me see if I understand. How many more decades does the va need to get their feces together? I would guess long after you and I are DEAD and our children are DEAD and their children are DEAD would the “more time” they need. Excuse me. I need to go take a number to be fitted for my casket. Funny……. they don’t need “more time”!

      1. Elizabeth Voter    

        Thank you, @Edward Kay!

        While looking for transportation help, I found out the Veteran’s Choice Program is gone!

        I live two and a half hours drive from Ralph Johnson VA Medical Center.
        I have been reimbursed for travel, but that’s not really the point.

        Why is there no rheumatologist within 30 miles of Fort Stewart, GA?

        The new eligibility rules are NOT streamlined at all!
        When I had an endoscopy in 2016, I made one phone call, got the approval number, and went to the appointment.

        I cannot listen to the conference call, Trump’s voice makes me want to hurl and hurt someone at the same time.

        Hearing him put down women as “not his type” for him to assault (and the “look at her! uh, I don’t think so!) reminds me of being assaulted while in the Army.

        Guy said the same thing about me (he sneered and looked me up and down, then said to my NCOIC “look at her! I am happily married to a BEAUTIFUL woman!) after I reported him.

        Sigh, sorry for the soapbox.

        Thank you for listening,

        Beth

  21. John H Garceau    

    I would love to learn how the VA is any better. I have done two Presidential and many Senator complaints and the VA in Alabama just gets worst. I been attempting for six years to get my teeth. One Doctor came in and after an 8 hr operation, having a post that was put in wrong he got me close to complete. Since he left I had one dental appointment all the rest been postponed. No one that works their are happy because of micromanagement. Second I can not get to Birmingham when my back acts up. My VA Doctor saids one when we could get pool exercises that’s been taken away. Then all my experts prescribed meds she refuses to prescribe. Oh by the way she doesn’t even need to know about Parkinson and treating a man who got this disease from the VA. The VA spent all that money and it has gotten worse instead of better. President Trump is failing veterans I have done more then he has since he has been in office.

    1. John Martin    

      Wow-I have had great service from the Birmingham VAMC Dental clinic. Yes, I have had the occasional cancellation. But they, over all, have treated me great. Had a broken tooth several months ago and knew I could not get an appointment. Drove 75 miles up there and did a walk in. They confirmed the broken tooth. Did not have an opening for 3 months. A young Dentist came out and said he would fix the tooth if I could wait several hours. No problem. Waited and he fixed the tooth before he left for the day. If you are eligible for Dental from the VA, give them a call. They are all great people in the Dental section. As for my back, I have a civilian PCM who has seen me for many years. You will have to have a good history with a PCM before they prescribe the pain killers. Good Luck and give the Dental Clinic a call.

  22. john gosnik    

    Why are CBOC facilities not provided with the authority to approve alternative treatment from a local, non VA provider?

  23. Jerry Rayala    

    Please sign me up for the conference call on Tuesday, June 25.

  24. Benjamin Elliott    

    I just wanted to know how you can’t give a veteran assistance with housing? I wanted to know how you can have degenerating knees and not have a handicap placard for your vehicle? Considering I have sleep Apnea and diabetes how I can work and not get disability ?! One veteran friend of mine was told it was all in his head for 2 years! Then finally FINALLY, someone stepped up to the plate and they found a hernia and cancer polyps in his stomach! I doubt this will reach anyone! I walked on the 64 st clinic today because you treat me like another number for your grant money! I was told I needed insulin if it was that damn important why didn’t you call me before the doctor appointment?! It seems you want us to walk off a cliff and die! I am very angry and if SHTF this cold war Persian Gulf vet knows the score!

  25. Donovan Kundiger    

    Thank you, Pres. Trump for ALL you have done, not just for the veterans but for the country. I am saddened only by the number of people who still listen to fake news and don’t get your message. I am totally impressed by the way you have persevered all this time and stayed committed while so much hatred and lies have been thrown at you. I’m fully aware of the vast difficulties facing a President. The current aggression by Iran is a perfect example. I hope your negotiating skills will direct our allies to take up the conflict this time since it is in their best interest since you have brought the USA to energy independence. We can still police, but they need to step up and address the situation with force. I wish you well in the remainder of your first term and hope the America people give you another term to further bring the USA back to being a proud nation. Best wishes, Donovan Kundiger

  26. Emery W Tolbert    

    Why won’t you let me post a negative, but true commint?

  27. Janet L Lewis    

    I don’t understand all the redundancy. I realize that some people need others to make appointments for you I’m not one of them. I liked it better to just call VetChoice and they authorized it. Now I have to talk to my local VA, then call choice, then someone calls to set the appointment up for me. The mission act just adds extra steps.

  28. Mrs. Curry    

    Hello,
    Based on the instructions below
    To listen in on the call, please visit http://www.att-rsvp.com and provide Conference ID #469230 to begin the registration process.

    I have tried several times and when you enter the id number with or without the hashtag. a error message continues to pop up. your assistance is greatly appreciated. Thank you

  29. Alan L. Cortez    

    I am a veteran with honorable discharge and I tried to get a service to VA clinic and the person who assess my eligibility told me that I exceed the maximum salary threshold to qualify.
    This is not so encouraging and it push me to quit my current job just to get qualified to get VA care.

  30. Robert Stahlnecker    

    ZERO DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT FROM MY COMMUNITY BASED HEALTHCARE PROVIDER…. 100% of the DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT comes from VA CRONIES CAPITALISTS…. #FACT… #NEWSMATTERS… MY HEALTHCARE CLEARLY DOESN’T MATTER AT ALL… MY SERVICE CONNECTED INJURY IS A MAJOR PROBLEM GOING WITHOUT PROPER HEALTHCARE… I DO NOT MATTER AT ALL …

  31. Julienne Thibeau    

    I served in the Air Force from 1970-1975. I injured my left knee while at Sheppard performing survival training exercises for potential deployment. I have had several surgeries to my left knee. I have had years of pain to my left knee and have been seen to upgrade my disability. I have been told since I can flex my knee I do not qualify for an increase in my disability. I am not asking for 100% but asking for 30%. I am a working RN and work with pain to my left knee. Now, I am looking for a total knee replacement. I want to know if the VA is looking into stem cell regenerative medicine for veterans who sustained knee injuries. Yes, this is controversial but it does work.
    Thank you,
    Julienne Thibeau MSN RN

  32. maria    

    where is the registration link there is nothing on this page!!!!?????

  33. Thomas M. Rumora    

    The nation’s largest new Veterans outpatient clinic project is relying on an illogical boundary map that excludes competitive sites along I-95, while including 5,000 acres of residential subdivisions and 500 acres of Civil War battlefields. Please change the boundary to encourage competition and serve the best interests of our nation’s Veterans and their families. Thank you.

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