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Old 11-07-2018, 02:06 PM
 
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Do you know what unit he served with? There might be social media groups for his specific unit and location/dates of service. If you know the unit google it and see what turns up. If you need to do a fundraiser, that would be a good place to advertise.
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Old 11-07-2018, 02:31 PM
 
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He served in the Navy. I don't know the exact dates. Just got off the phone with his nephew who is going to look into this further. As someone else mentioned earlier - he never gave a thought to wanting, needing or asking for anything from the VA before. Tks.
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Old 11-07-2018, 02:49 PM
 
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If he served on a ship, there will almost certainly be at least one social media other online group for people who served on that ship. Not all Navy service is shipboard service, though, but his discharge papers should identify the last unit he served with. Those organizations won't necessarily be helpful with any VA benefits he is entitled to receive, but if you need to raise money to help him, they might be willing to help spread the word when the time comes.


ETA: Actually, some of the members of any social media sites for his old unit might, indeed, be able to offer advice on getting help through the VA as surely there will be some who have done it themselves.

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Old 11-07-2018, 03:15 PM
 
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If he served on a ship, there will almost certainly be at least one social media other online group for people who served on that ship. Not all Navy service is shipboard service, though, but his discharge papers should identify the last unit he served with. Those organizations won't necessarily be helpful with any VA benefits he is entitled to receive, but if you need to raise money to help him, they might be willing to help spread the word when the time comes.


ETA: Actually, some of the members of any social media sites for his old unit might, indeed, be able to offer advice on getting help through the VA as surely there will be some who have done it themselves.
good advice.

There are also facebook pages on VA compensation that have good information
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Old 11-07-2018, 03:30 PM
 
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He would be a blue water veteran?

https://www.publichealth.va.gov/expo...list/index.asp
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Old 11-07-2018, 11:48 PM
 
Location: TX
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Tell him to call a VSO (Veterans Service Organization) and get registered with the VA. He can take any paperwork he had on his service with him. DH did his claims through the DAV. They were great! He's now considered totally disabled and gets all the benefits he's entitled to, but it took years to get that. You just have to be persistent and never give up, even if they deny some claims. Sure helps! Health care at the VA can be problematic sometimes...be prepared!
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Old 11-08-2018, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Yes he's a veteran. I am going to investigate the possible benefits that he may be entitled to. He was not dependent on anyone until medical issues consumed most everything. Tks.



There's nothing to "investigate."


He can apply for VA health benefits online, by mail, or at a local VA medical center and have an answer in a week or so.


See:


https://www.va.gov/health-care/how-to-apply/


Get him started on it NOW.
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Old 11-08-2018, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Newport Beach, California
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There's nothing to "investigate."


He can apply for VA health benefits online, by mail, or at a local VA medical center and have an answer in a week or so.


See:


https://www.va.gov/health-care/how-to-apply/


Get him started on it NOW.
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Old 11-10-2018, 03:20 AM
 
Location: R.I.
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I work as a VA Primary Care R.N. and want to also share some info about VA resources that I am aware of that may be available to your friend. The physician who spearheaded the national VA homeless Veteran program was located at and started this program at my VA facility where I provide nursing coverage from time to time. This program went on to evolve and eventually all VA medial facilities were mandated to establish what we refer to now as HPACT Clinics to serve this population of Veterans. Unfortunately, many Vets don't realize that the services of this program are not only for homeless Vets but those who are at a threat for homelessness for a variety of reasons including financial hardship situations like that of your friend. In addition to your friend being able to receive medical care at these HPACT Clinics, there are multiple other services that he can access through these clinics which some include monetary assistance to help prevent Vets at threat to avoid homelessness.

For your friend to access services at an HPACT Clinic he just needs to find out where the clinic is located at his nearest VA medical center and just walk in any weekday to access services. Or if he prefers he can call in advance and speak with one of HPACT staff and they will assist him in accessing services.
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Old 11-10-2018, 10:45 AM
 
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thank you for the information.
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