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100 miles round trip. Lots of rough news lately, but let me leave you with some pleasant scenes..some of my son's work..

Here a local, "hidden falls" which few beyond this local area know about;
 

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Good luck with your VA appointment.

Couple of nice pictures. Have to admit the second one is more interesting than the first!
 

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Ironglow. I love areas like that. As an 18 year old kid I worked at a Dairy farm in Upstate NY and hunted and fished the Northern Tier all through High School. I went to the University of Maine, Orono for a while. Back In March of '88, I came to the U.P. to band Hawks and Owls at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory during Spring Migration. I loved It! Very much like Maine and Northern N.Y. Two years later Patty and I moved here. Small woodland falls abound in Alger County an hour north west of us and the larger Upper and Lower Tahquamenon Falls are about an hour North East of us.

My VA clinic is in Sault Ste. Marie, about 65 miles one way. The VA Hospital in Iron Mountain is 145 miles one way.

The Moral Of The Story is: Stay Well my friend!

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My work at the local hospital is off until the chinese engineered virus thing calms down, really miss my people there.
Hope your appointment went perfectly and with multiple divine encounters.
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That falls is located in the SW corner of Wyoming county, NY. There is a country road that goes by about 30 yards off the model's right shoulder.

One could drive that road and not even know the falls are thereby. and folks who do not know of the falls do drive right by.

I am pleased that you guys enjoyed the pics.. So far as my VA appt. I have a touch of the big "C" where all guys will get it if they live long enough.

My oncologist will look again in 3 mos, and decide if we do something then.

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Keep your chin up, Brother. That's one you can beat or live with. I had tumors in my thigh and groin. Operated on in Florida in '90, came back again in '95. Had it out again at Marshfield Clinic, Wisconsin in '95...been cancer free since. I think if it had been Marshfield the first time, it wouldn't have been back. If you will need surgery, get the best. We'll Pray.

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With all of us at least 40 miles from a VA Hospital we are eligible for what the VA calls Tri care I just had both hands operated on for Carpo Tunnel One done on 30 Jan and the other one 4 weeks ago all in Tulsa In place of Muskogee and the VA pays the bill done at one of the large hospitals in Tulsa in place of the VA. Reported in at 5 AM got prepped and wheeled in to The OR and was in recovery for a hour and on my way home by 9. But I had to have a driver with a good car to take me and see me home. Stopped at IHOPS for breakfast and then home. All you men need to check in to this program and they treated me great also. The doctors are much younger and most of the nurses are young and pretty and treat us old warriors great like their would their own grandfather or in my case their great grandfather. SMILE Your VA doctor will need to send your case to Tri Care to be processed but that does not take long usually done over the prone at least mine was.
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If the VA hospital I have been going to, decides that my case is tough, they may well refer me to Roswel-lPark cacer clinic, just 3-4 miles from the VA hospital.

RP is among the top 3% of all cancer clinics, but as of now, things look quite routine.. If I need the gold seed and radiation treatment, I can likely get that treatment

with just a 50 mile round tip, going south instead of north.

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yup I get tri care too but still like to see my va doctor twice a year and even use the va hospital that's about a 100 miles from here whenever I can. they just seem to care a bit more then the big hospitals. My wife actually likes it because it gives here an excuse to take the day off. She works in billing in our little local hospital and says that the "choice" thing the va had going was a complete cluster == but the tri care bills she submits get paid faster then about all the insurance companys and have never questioned a single one. Good luck with the cancer though ironglow. I know your being tough here because that would scare the toughest sob! One thing after years of dealing with the VA I do know though is they will spare no expense taking care of you.
With all of us at least 40 miles from a VA Hospital we are eligible for what the VA calls Tri care I just had both hands operated on for Carpo Tunnel One done on 30 Jan and the other one 4 weeks ago all in Tulsa In place of Muskogee and the VA pays the bill done at one of the large hospitals in Tulsa in place of the VA. Reported in at 5 AM got prepped and wheeled in to The OR and was in recovery for a hour and on my way home by 9. But I had to have a driver with a good car to take me and see me home. Stopped at IHOPS for breakfast and then home. All you men need to check in to this program and they treated me great also. The doctors are much younger and most of the nurses are young and pretty and treat us old warriors great like their would their own grandfather or in my case their great grandfather. SMILE Your VA doctor will need to send your case to Tri Care to be processed but that does not take long usually done over the prone at least mine was.
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Yes; I use both VA and my own healthcare plan. Since the O'Banana administration placed "means testing" upon our VA care, most of my co-pays are

more costly with the VA than with the private health care plan.
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why do you have co pays with the va. Ive never paid a penny for any co pay. Ive had two back operations and a ankle and hip replacement since ive been with the VA and never paid a penny.
 

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why do you have co pays with the va. Ive never paid a penny for any co pay. Ive had two back operations and a ankle and hip replacement since ive been with the VA and never paid a penny.
One thing; I don't claim any disability. I did try for a 10%, because almost every person involved, admits that if a man was either a tanker or artilleryman,

he was all but guaranteed to eventually lose some hearing. I have lost hearing, however I was denied..

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I been going to the Omaha VA,and three weeks ago they quit seeing patients, unless it a emergency. They are now doing an over the phone conference. I also have had a couple surgerys done at the VA with no charge. I do have a service connect disability.
 

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I am not service connected I have my Medicare and a great supplement but they always bill me a co pay on all my meds. I checked one of my meds with wal mart and it was $475.00 plus tax the same thing through the V A I pay 16.00 co pay and all my meds. are 8.00 co pay. When I go for my regular check up I have to pay 16.00 co pay. That is way better than a 65.00 office visit from a private doctor who walks in says how are you doing looks a computer screen and then leaves and says see you in 6 months. Hearing aids I had no co pay and Eye glasses no co pay and a better examination than the Eye doctor That I went to before the VA started giving eye glasses he charged around 300.00. The only thing as far as eye glasses is the prescription sun glasses cost me 25.00
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Great to hear from you vets, I know they take great pride in serving and being compassionate, Ig- you have time to pray this away, I and several I have come to know have been put in places where the Lord has worked through them to veterans . One especially comes to mind was diagnosed with a tumor, we prayed, they checked and at 6 months it hadn't grown so now the plan is to blast it with microwaves, much better plan, patient and I always pray together, patient always feels His presence enrobe us.
G-d loves to show Himself strong through His Own.
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My doctor visits used to be no charge, then after the O'Banana "means testing", my doctor or specialist calls are $50. That's $25 more than specialist

calls under my civilian insurance...and $50 more than calls with my civilian GP.

My local VA clinic is 25 mile3s south of my home, while the VA Hospital is 50 miles north, in Buffalo.

I have heard al those horror stories about how some veterans have been treated, and my grandson was given some shabby treatment there

in the middle of the country.

...But I have not experienced the same. I am pleased with the courtesy, consideration and helpfulness of both my clinic and the hospital staff.

It appears there is a wide disparity in clinics/hospitals across the country. An old college dean preacher I once knew of used to say,

"everything rises or falls on leadership". .. Likely a sage remark !

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