Military Vets with Diabetes


Military Vets with Diabetes

This group is for Military Vets from any country.  US vets, share your stories of the care you've received from the VA.   International Vets, share how things work for vets in your country.

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Diabetes Forum


Started by JDavid. Last reply by Bryan Jun 25, 2013. 17 Replies

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Comment by Bryan on July 30, 2013 at 1:52pm

I received the 723 last week. I go for my training tomorrow.

Comment by Tom Goffe on July 29, 2013 at 8:30am
Re: VA Care. Mike's post raises an interesting question: do you ahve to get care from the VA toi continue receiving disability compensation. No and yes. It is my understanding that theoretically you do NOT have to use VA medical care to continue to receive disability compensation. HOWEVER, it is possible/likely that some point in the future you may have your rating reviewed by the VA. In any disability rating, the VA (reputedly) places greater weight on medical records from their health care professionals than they do on other providers outside the VA system.

RE: VA insulin pumps. I have a Minimed 723 and CGM that the VA provided to me. I've learned that different VISN networks sometimes use different vendors for Durable Medical Equipment. Your endo clinic would know.
Comment by Mike on July 28, 2013 at 11:52am

Quick question....So I have had mixed experience with the VA so far. Priority Group I and was seeing a PCM who prescribed a medicine that the system told him I was allergic too. The warning had been put in 13 years ago when I was in active duty and I didn't remember anything about it. He talked me into it (first mistake and it was mine) but needless to say after taking a couple of doses everything crashed. Couldn't get in to see the doc (for two months) so I took matters in my own hands and went off the med and back to my old provider. Now for the question...Do you have to use the medical benefits in order to keep your disability ratings? I got a call and they kind of implied that so I made an appointment with a different PCM. Quite satisfied with my regular doc and wouldn't mind coordinating the care but my pre-retirement PCM is going to be the lead. Anyone else doing it like this? Thanks in advance.

Comment by Bryan on June 25, 2013 at 5:43pm

Im going to the VA tomorrow to see the Endo for the first time. She talked to me and wants to assess me for a pump. Any one else using a pump from the VA. What one if so

Comment by C Irons on March 24, 2013 at 10:09am

Glad to see a vets group here, USAF 1978-85. Phantom Phixer.

Comment by GMC on March 3, 2013 at 4:52pm

I've received tremendous care from the VA, with a few notable exceptions.

I have been frustrated with the appointment making process. One time I got the letter in the mail the day after the appointment was supposed to have been. So of course that was a no show.

Comment by justgeo1 on November 1, 2011 at 8:29pm
Sorry, Chaplin ET, but if you weren/t diagnosed during service, they will automatically reject any claim... If you feel you do have service connected diabetes, I suggest you get a good lawyer...
Comment by Chaplain ET on November 1, 2011 at 6:45pm
Hey, fellow Vets! I just went to visit my VA doctor, and he told me that my Diabetes wasn't compensable! Is that because I got it in '86, after I was retired in '77? (I should say I was DIAGNOSED in '86.)
Comment by Tom Goffe on October 31, 2011 at 7:45am
MY VA endocrinologist order a Minimed 523 for me on Oct. 11 and today (Halloween) I have a delivery from Minimed on the truck. Could I get any luckier?

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