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The Veterans Choice Card program was designed to allow veterans to seek private care if they had to wait more than 30 days for an appointment, or were more than 40 miles from the a VA facility. Instead, the program has led to increased wait times, and general confusion about how the distance should be calculated. In a Veterans of Foreign Wars report released on Mar. 2 that was based on a survey of 2,500 veterans, 80% of the survey participants who said they either lived 40 miles from a VA medical facility or could not be seen within 30 days, reported that they were not afforded the choice to receive non-VA health care.
One reason for this, according to the VFW report, is because of a lag time between when veterans were being informed of their non-VA care eligibility and when the non-VA care contractors received the vets’ records to confirm eligibility. While this specific issue has allegedly been rectified, there remain concerns that other obstacles will continue to prevent eligible veterans from utilizing the Choice Card program.
The Coast Guard is officially shit outta luck for a paycheck thanks to the government shutdown, which means that zero coasties have been paid to create some of the amazing memes being shared as a way to vent their frustration.
Vice President Mike Pence repeated President Donald Trump's claim that "ISIS has been defeated" in Syria on Wednesday just hours after several U.S. service members were killed by an ISIS suicide bomber in Manbij, Syria.
Soldiers, family and community gathered in Morehead City to render honors and witness the transfer and memorial of U.S. Army Sgt James Slape Nov. 9-11, 2018. Slape will hold a temporary resting place in Morehead City before ultimately moving to Arlington Cemetery. Slape supported Operations Resolute Support and Freedom Sentinel in Afghanistan. (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt Leticia Samuels, North Carolina National Guard)
An ISIS suicide bomber killed four Americans in Manbij, Syria, on Wednesday.