Tuesday, May 30, 2017


The fundamental problem going back to all wars is, there are many veterans who cannot get care because of drug or alcohol addiction developed during combat. They received discharges of less than honorable. This means they cannot receive VA services. Many are too far gone to seek help. In many cases if they file the request the military will change their discharge to honorable entitling them to full VA care and possible full disability, Congress knows the problem and refuses to help. Veteran organizations do not care about these veterans. Until Congress is forced to confront the problem thousands of veterans will remain homeless without any help. It is the great secret no one wants to talk about.

Yesterday I also wanted to talk about the veterans who came home from the wars but were basically dead inside or facing death from any number of conditions contracted during the conflict.  Just because it can take 40 years for the agent orange to kill you does not mean you did not die in combat because you did if you came home with a death warrant on your back from a disease you contracted or wound during your service in the war zone.  These people also need to be remembered on memorial day.

It is well past the time for Congress to pass a law that all combat veterans discharged under than honorable conditions due  to alcoholism or drug addiction as a result of serving in a war zone have their discharges upgraded to honorable so they can receive VA care.  Alcoholism or drug addiction which is the result of serving in combat is no different than losing an arm.  It is time we care for these veterans.


I did not blog yesterday because I was in too much pain.  There is nothing they can do until the advanced testing of the proteins in my spinal fluid is completed and the source of the proteins are determined.  I got the actual test results upon discharge to give to the VA.  The normal high for spinal fluid proteins is 45.  Mine are at 86.2.

High levels of protein in your CSF can indicate:
  • aseptic meningitis
  • bacterial meningitis
  • brain abscess
  • brain tumor
  • cerebral hemorrhage
  • epilepsy
  • MS
  • neurosyphilis
Remember my first admission was for micro hemorrhaging on the brain.  I now wait about two weeks to learn the results - maybe.  The VA has to approve the followup with the neurologist who did the spinal tap and ordered the advanced testing.


Anonymous said...

The US could afford to pay for better healthcare in general (not just for veterans) if they shifted some money from the military budget to healthcare. The US spends an obscene amount of money to fund the military, much more than any other country. Other developed countries manage to provide more funding for healthcare while still maintaining national security. The US could do the same.

Anonymous said...

I'll pray for you, I know how painful it can be.

Anonymous said...

All of the above we Cameron County Citizens can give thanks to our congressman, starting with Filemon Vela. Cameron County has spend or so it claims to have lots of healthcare monies. Education and Healthcare are used as front money daily by these so called congressman/ Vela spends most of his time campaigning for the illegals and for the Matamoros and Tamaulipas citizens than for U. S. citizens. Valley Baptist has murdered many of its patients because of it cover-ups and incompetence. It sucks as a U.S. hospital. I wouldn't even take my dog there for treatment. Isn't Manny Vela related to Filemon?

Anonymous said...

It will be a great day when our schools have all the money they need, and our air force has to have a bake-sale to buy a bomber.

A quote by Robert Fulghum