All veterans need to visit local VA

Something I found out recently has prompted me to write this letter. Also the fact that it’s time again to think about those Medicare Advantage plans. My wife and I have Secure Horizons, which we are quite happy with, since the regular co-pay for office visits is only $15 and a specialist co-pay is $30.

Back to what I found out from a fellow veteran. He took me to the VA in Seattle and had me sign up with them to see what I may be eligible for. It was a painless process. I filled out a form and a few weeks later I got my VA card in the mail. First spiff, was a 10 percent discount on anything I bought at Home Depot, which came in handy since I was building a new greenhouse.

At the Evergreen State Fair I ran into another vet and in the conversation he told me about his new hearing aids he got from the VA. Since my wife has been after me forever to get hearing aids, which I couldn’t afford, he told me to check with the VA to see if I would qualify for them. Lo and behold I qualified. Next month I will be getting my hearing aids from the VA, at no charge.

In December I will go in for an eye exam that I am also eligible for. I could also get my prescription drugs from them but the co-pay is higher than at the local drug store. Turns out if I get really sick I can go to the VA instead of the local hospital.

Bottom line, if you are a veteran it would behoove you to check with the VA to see what you are entitled to for having served in the military, even if it’s only the 10 percent discount at your local Home Depot.

Chuck Heinitz

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