It’s was interesting to learn that the VA symbolically viewed veterans living outside their 40-mile inner circle as common crows (not even as ravens). Crows in folklore are bad omens, harbingers of evil, and doers of mischief. In nature, crows are loud scavengers and pests. Things changed in April when, under duress, reputations were reformed and distant veterans became just veterans and officially non-crows by the VA.
As we know, the VA adjusted it’s mileage rule on 4/24/15: Driving Distance Eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program. The Act is still being misinterpreted because while veterans no longer are required to fly in a straight line for care, they still may not be able to access the category of health care they actually NEED. Such as care from a specialist because if there is any manner of VA primary care-only-clinic within 40-miles of her home, that vet may still be denied an appointment with a non-VA provider. There may be exceptions in an emergency.
I don’t believe that even the nincompoops in Congress wanted this outcome. A new rule is needed to address this extreme folly, one that is “…is more beneficial to veterans.”
If you would like to leave a public comment for our favorite governmental agency, all non-crows, with their secret powers, can caw, peck or scratch out a message at Regulations.gov here (LINK) about what needs to be done next. The previous rationale for their distance policy is available if you scroll down. Only about 19 public comments have been received so far. Your influence counts.