I don't understand why because it is a 220 mile trip each way. The excuse
that i am getting makes no sense. I am told in Tucson it is because I am not
going to the El Paso one, which I have never been assigned to because they
don't have the services I must have. I have always been sent to the one in
Albuquerque, which s 250 miles away and a three day round trip by bus.
So the Tucson one is closer and a better hospital and a 24 round trip by bus.
The trip to Albuquerque used to get me $46 travel pay and the bus fare is
$125. But I used to get a room from the VA, I no longer am allowed that.
Then being diabetic means no fast foods unless I can find a Subway. You
know what eating out anywhere else is like.
So by the time I figure in the room my meals and my bus fare, well it is a lot
of money to come out of my monthly VA pension. So I have to keep my daily
costs down to save up enough to my free treatment at the VA. Yes fortunately my
medicines are covered.
But it is a struggle to take care of the extras. Good thing I live out in the desert,
for if I lived in the nearby small town,I could not afford to go to the hospital at
all and would be having problems just covering basics.
--- In Pagan-Headstone-Campaign@yahoogroups.com
, "Rev. Eric Roberts" <woad@...>
> That might be endemic to where you are at. No travel pay? Since when? I
> only travel about 10 miles to get to a VA hospital and I get travel pay.
> While the medical care I have received (I'm a diabetic too) isn't quite as
> good as a private doc, I really can't complain too much. They got me all my
> meds and even a glucose meter and strips.