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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Latest Potter County Veterans Newsletter Available

Potter County Today

Veterans-Choice-CardLatest edition of the quarterly newsletter, Potter County Veterans News, is now available. Among the more timely stories in the January-March 2015 edition is a summary of the VA’s new Veterans Choice Card program. It is being distributed to all veterans enrolled for health care with the VA. The card can be used to access health care from local providers if a veteran cannot be seen by the VA in 30 days, and/or the VA’s closest medical facility is challenging to reach. It’s important for veterans interested in using the Choice Card to call the VA’s toll-free phone line at 1-866-606-8198 to confirm eligibility. The January-March 2015 edition and all past issues are available on the county website, pottercountypa.net, or by contacting Dawn Swatsworth, executive secretary for the Potter County Commissioners, at 814-274-8290, extension 207. Among other stories in January-March 2015 edition:
  • Battlefield heroics revealed in Private Edwin Tubbs Memorial Bridge dedication.
  • ‘Call To arms’ to help vets during Post 192 Veterans Day program.
  • LEEK Preserve hosts hunting experience for wounded veterans.
  • Local VA clinic continues service through 2018.
  • TU Healing Waters event to honor Vietnam veterans.
  • Specialist Donald Stiles Memorial Bridge to be dedicated.
  • Disabled veterans may qualify for tax exemption.
  • PTSD ruling will help some Vietnam veterans.
  • Pennsylvania Veterans Trust Fund off and running.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

The VA CHOICE CARDS PLUS THE EXPRESS SCRIPT CARDS ARE USELESS IN OUR AREA AS WE HAVE A va. CLINIC WITHIN 40 MILES of your home. It used to be 40 miles from a VA hospital that is why they built all these VA clinics. I know I have called both 800 as stated,number to be told I can not use these cards because I have Bs & BC. from my civilian retirement which I pay $870.00 a month pay ments on. . They consider them VA care but all you get is a phone call or check up every 6 months and then you die as my brother just did with Prostate Cancer. They kept loosing his blood work for a year even though he fell a year ago and broke his neck. Required surgery in Erie ,pa. with no follow up but by VA clinic. . Why did they not check his blood at time of surgery or after.? He was in so much pain by Dec. ,his daughter took to ER and rushed to Erie. Surgery Christmas day and removed a prostate the size of a soft ball and he has been to VA several times past year for kidney problems. Failure by the Va. to do their job caused my brothers dead( Dec27 ) Maybe it was because he was 84 and he fell in the death squad age group.

Anonymous said...

All this card is good for is to wipe your @ss or start a fire with. We know We are trying to use it... LMAO What a Crock of Bull Sh-t This program is.. Veterans mean nothing anymore... Use and abuse them... I guess it's there god given right since the Veterans were the ones that gave that to them...

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with both of the above posters. the card is useless and the reason for the bandaid clinics is to cut down on the number of cards issued. this is just another smoke screen to allow the public to think the Vets are being taken care of. I had two high PSA tests at the VA and was told not to worry this went on for two years. I had a PSA test done at my family physican and found out my test was very high. Went to a specialist and had a biopsy done and found I had a very aggressive cancer. went to VA and was told they could do nothing since my agent orange claim still had not been settled. I had surgery paid for by what little insurance I had, and so far I am doing well. The VA still says they would rather watch and wait. Right I would have been dead. I am not looking for anything other than to make people aware of how we are treated.