Virgina veterans eager for any information about the Veterans’ Choice Card

hampton mapHampton (VA) professional investigative reporter for 10 On Your Side (WAVY-TV), Chris Horne, has done a nice video report (10/27/14) on the Veterans’ Choice Card and the need for it.  Hampton Roads is of course home to the Naval Station in Norfolk, and over a million military stakeholders. 

Horne contacted the VA headquarters when the Hampton VAMC declined to give him any information.  He asked the VA for answers to these specific questions: 

  • When local VA centers get instructions for implementation?
  • How can vets see if they qualify for the program?
  • How they can sign up?
  • When will the VA be issuing “Choice cards” to veterans?

Their vague answer seems to indicate that the VA is asking for a delay:

The Department’s primary focus is on timely and effective implementation of this highly complex piece of legislation. VA will work with other Departments, Congress, Veterans Service Organizations, and other stakeholders to ensure that provisions are implemented as quickly and efficiently as possible. To the extent that there are significant challenges, we are seeking technical relief, but the goal is to meet the timelines set forth in the Act.

Chris Horne observes, “That timeline would be Wednesday of next week.”

The VA’s online “Media Room” still has not issued a press release about the Veterans’ Choice Card contractor award, if in fact, there is going to be one (previous post). bay bridge

This is an region I know fairly well; my late parents retired to Norfolk, I lived there for a time, and my late daughter graduated from Virginia Wesleyan College in Virginia Beach. Traffc aside, it’s a great part of the country.  If you’ve ever traveled on the 23-mile engineering marvel called the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, you know how neat the area is.

But the VHA system there is overloaded and its clear they need relief that the Veterans’ Choice Card will provide.  Our veteran sailors deserve more.

Navy eye candy: Tomorrow’s veteran sailors today on the USS George H. W. Bush–underway to Naval Station Norfolk (10/23/14).

GULF OF ADEN (Oct. 23, 2014) The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) transits the Gulf of Aden. The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group is returning to Naval Station Norfolk after supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Abe McNatt.

Ed. note: My old home town. I enlisted from the Hampton AFEES on October 1, 1969. I was living at Langley AFB at the time and getting the boot out of the house.

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3 Responses to Virgina veterans eager for any information about the Veterans’ Choice Card

  1. Clear Left says:

    “VA will work with other Departments, Congress, Veterans Service Organizations,…” WTF???? Odds are Veterans Adversary is going to let the VSO’s calculate mileage, or perhaps even enlist the assistance of techno savvy WWP – ‘Let’s see now Hepper74 (when did you serve , pre 9/11 huh, we calculate your mileage as 6.0 miles’ sorry Charlie no card for you’).

  2. hepper74 says:

    Thanks for the heads up but to say that I am shocked would add to my nasal size. SOSDD! I currently live over 60 miles (one way) from the VA Medical Center and I am fairly certain that the plethora of physicians in this town would like the additional enrollments. Have not researched the plan to see if we would fall into the dreaded “Medicare means cheap” mentality. I foresee a greater number of Drs. accepting new clients as the number of insurance companies dwindles.

  3. The OldTime Cowboy says:

    Thanks for sharing…….great info…….

    The OldTime Cowboy from Texas where the pavement ends and the west begins….

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