Originally Posted by GTyankee
Way back in the late 1970s
The VA Hospital told me in no uncertain words that being as i had a job that had medical insurance, that they would not being taking care of any medical needs that i had or that may come up.
Way back then, i thought that the VA Hospital & the VA was all the same thing
I continued to think that until my Father took me to a VFW post several years later. The members there opened my eyes to what the VA is all about.
The VFW was able to get most of my Military papers.
Which i had been told were all destroyed in some Maryland Military Records Storage Facilty fire
The National Personnel Records Center fire of 1973, also referred to as the 1973 National Archives fire, was a fire that occurred at the Military Personnel Records Center (MPRC - part of the National Personnel Records Center) in Overland, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, on July 12, 1973, striking a severe blow to the National Archives and Records Administration of the United States. MPRC, the custodian of military service records, lost approximately 16–18 million official military personnel records as a result of the fire.
Sorry to hear about your experience GT. The VA (heath/hospital part) now has groups prioritizing vets based on their service, disabilities, and financial status (for possible cost sharing) now. Not sure when they started this. I became more aware of VA benefits and health care after I retired with disability and became a life member of the DAV. Though my rating is not much, I use the VA health care and (fortunately, thank God), I have been well cared for.