I served 12 years in the military, also during peace time (Letters, “VA health benefits fail this senior citizen,” Raymond Celentano, Nov. 7) . I have been going to Bay Pines VA Hospital for all my medical care, including numerous surgeries and all my prescriptions. The type of care I have received is beyond great!
When you first applied for VA benefits you do a eligibility means test so they know where you rank for your care -- whether you have a disability or not that you received while in the military, during peace or war time.
This test also tells the VA how much you may be required to contribute to your care, based on your income and your disability rating. The more you make, the more you have to pay for your prescriptions. You pay nothing for medical care!
From what I gather from your letter you were not injured while you served in the military. Yet you down the type and cost of care you receive, which is free except for prescriptions. The derogatory statement you made about having “your head or legs blown off to receive care” is very selfish.
Our men and women who did serve in war time or during peace time who were wounded or injured gave their body and their lives for us. Their sacrifices enable us to enjoy the freedoms we have and enjoy on a daily basis! Marines do not put their selfish needs before their fallen or wounded brothers and sisters.
If you don’t like the care or the cost of paying for your prescriptions, go to a private care provider and see how you like those costs!
Derrel J. Sims