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Old 06-23-2012, 11:41 AM
 
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I am curious if anyone knows about Oakland County's policy toward disabled vets. My parents are currently exempt from city and property taxes, and they are concerned about having to pay those in MI. MI is much more expensive than MS so it is a legitimate concern. Like I said above, my dad is 100% DAV and has been for almost 8 years. Does anyone know anything about tax exemptions? I plan to call the courthouse on Monday, but I thought someone might have some knowledge about this

Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-24-2012, 03:44 PM
 
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I thought the VA was federal. Not sure how the state could impact that unless directed by the feds to say...do a comprehensive review of all the members status in their states or something.

I'm a vet but not under any VA care etc. I have no personal knowledge of any of the conditions of people on the internet so I take it on faith that everything is above board.

I do work in a federal govt job, surrounded my military and previously military now goveernment civil service. I am astonished by the number of claims and the amounts that people get. I do often feel that truly disabled vets and the rest of us are getting ripped off. Just because someone in the military doesn't mean they aren't human and capable of outright dissembling, lying to themselves, being neurotic before they ever enlisted (lots of that!) with their problems mostly based on that..lots of people getting 30% because they hurt their knee playing softball while enlisted and never left the states.

Its not popular tto question benefits and some people won't get taken off benefits that should and some that shouldn't will....I don't know the answer

but in order to take good care of vets that truly need help the claims system needs to be reworked.

One of my co-workers gets 10% for a toe/foot injury that she got tripping over her cat in the middle of the night....just before she was supposed to deploy. She's about 30 and will get that 10% of officer pay for the rest of her life? Why? Oh and btw - she competes in some sort of horse riding and rides 3 times a week. She laughs about it. Wears a lanyard with "PATRIOT", is super conservative. Her husband gets a bunch of bennies too and is also civil service.
I think its BS. I could go on. Way worse than people ripping off the welfare system IMO. (and if she reads this she will know I'm talking about her)

OP - I'm not talking about your Dad. What I'm saying is that the over prescription of people getting benefits for stupid normal life sh*t not related to actual military service is hurting your Dad's benefits.
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Old 07-07-2012, 07:25 AM
 
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I'm a 20 % disabled Veit Nam vet so I have to make an appointment once a year to keep my statis alive. It is federal so the state should have nothing to do with it. As far as taxesMichigan isn't cheap, In fact they just passed a new tax that takes $67.00 a month from my pention. since I am old, have a disability so is impossiable in Michigans job market to make up that short fall. I can aprecat My insurance company getting a tax cut at my expence with out raising my insurance cost they put more in their well lined pockets.

Any way I first was going to Saginaw's VA hospital. I was asigned a doctor and jumped thru all the hoops to to conferm my disability. Made the yearly appointments as required then I was given a nurse practiner and the doctor taken away. She seemed to have a fight to pick wth VETS always giving them greif on there visits ( waiting for your name to be called gives you lots of time to talk to other vets.). Finally they started giving me a bunch of crap on my travel pay. I went to the counties vertans assistence office as well as my branch helper and filed a complaint. They then made room for me at the Flint branch of the Ann Arbor VA hospital.
Again I have a doctor but all is not well. Appointments were cancled on me just a day or so before they were to take place for no reason given. You could never get another appointment except 30 or more days latter. After several had been cancled I got fed up and contacted Sentor Debbie Stabinou. They now have straightened up and are flying right.
But all is not bright. I lost all my health insurance when My old company went bankrupt,. The VA has been working since April 2011 to stablize my blood sugar. It was stable on the otside with readdings in the evening well below the 120 mark and morning readings near that mark.
I went back to the Antigue meds the VA provides, Have to buy my simbastation out of pocket cause the VA won't cover the cost and out of my pocket at another sourse is cheaper. I went from 16 units of insulin to 50 units twice a day and my readding are rarely below 200 hundred.
they do not provide the newer meds I was taking on the out side when I had health insurance.
Never been to the Ann Arbor hospital so can't comment on it.
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Old 07-16-2012, 07:21 PM
 
Location: san antonio, tx
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Default VA Hospitals In General -

This is not a complaint against the VA Hospital per se. I've had some great doctors and receive outstanding treatment when I manage to get an appointment.

My question is whether anyone has experienced long wait times to get appointments. In San Antonio it takes 1 1/2 to 2 months just to get a routine appointment. I was told that if I needed to be seen right away to go to the emergency room. I don't remember having to wait (what seems like) forever to get an appointment in San Diego.
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Old 07-16-2012, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Southern Oregon
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Sailorgirl, it all depends on which Priority Group you fall into as to how long you'll wait for an appointment, also I figure that San Diego has allot of veterans being serviced by the VA hospital. I know the VA clinic I go to here in Southern Oregon sees about 10,000 veterans a month that is allot of veterans for such a small clinic. I think there are about 12 primary care doctors at this clinic. The Portland VA hospital sees on the average about 400,000 veterans a year so getting an appointment there as a walkin is almost impossible unless it is a life threating emergency. All my appointments in Portland are referals from my PC doctor and it takes about 6 months. This is the government health care that everyone is wanting, I think they change their tune once they're in the system.
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Old 07-16-2012, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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Originally Posted by sailorgirl2007 View Post
This is not a complaint against the VA Hospital per se. I've had some great doctors and receive outstanding treatment when I manage to get an appointment.

My question is whether anyone has experienced long wait times to get appointments. In San Antonio it takes 1 1/2 to 2 months just to get a routine appointment. I was told that if I needed to be seen right away to go to the emergency room. I don't remember having to wait (what seems like) forever to get an appointment in San Diego.
It's hard to generalize, some are good at some things others something else. Where I am Primary Care is the downfall. You wait three months to see a Physicians Assistant to get a referal to a speccialty clinic, then find the person at the clinic to be another PA. Seeing an MD can take 9months to a year. By that time you have either died or recovered.
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Old 07-17-2012, 05:57 PM
 
Location: san antonio, tx
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Seeing an MD can take 9months to a year. By that time you have either died or recovered.
WOW! Sounds a little funny, but it is really a sad thing. San Antonio has a large military population (not as big as San Diego), so you would think they'd have one of the better systems. Like you said, I guess it's all relevent.
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Old 07-17-2012, 06:04 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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We arrived in Albuquerque once on a Sunday and my wife had an emergency, she saw two doctors within 15 minutes. A year later on Tricare Prime, she had a rash and got scheduled to see a dermatologist 9 months later. She went to the appointment, now she can get a quicker appointment. Yep, Boompa is correct. I think he is old and experienced. I might be older, not sure yet...
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Old 07-17-2012, 06:12 PM
 
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Use my healthy vet...
https://www.myhealth.va.gov/index.html
To contact your primary care doctor. There is secure messaging. The doctor can triage your information, and in some cases get you a consult for another service or other health related issue without an appointment.
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Old 07-17-2012, 07:39 PM
 
Location: denison,tx
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where I am we have a community-based clinic...it has ONE dr. and ONE pa.
my last appt. I asked to get a referral for eye exam/glasses as I am diabetic...I have yet
to get a callback from them for an appt. My next appt. won't be for six months and I have
to call the month before to get it scheduled.

Any specialty clinics are a 90 mile trip one way...
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