04 Jul '18, 12am

about the Vietnam

about the Vietnam

WASHINGTON — Bob Hart, a 73-year-old farmer in central Illinois, always pays his bills. But that changed when the Vietnam War veteran was informed he owed $30,000 for medical treatment he thought the Department of Veterans Affairs covered. “I got a call from my hospital saying I owed them, or they’d take the money out of my bank account,” Hart said. “I just thought, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.’” Hart uses the VA Choice program to get treatment at his local hospital in Jacksonville, Ill., where he receives biweekly injections of anti-inflammatory medication for a condition linked to exposure to the chemical herbicide Agent Orange. The Choice program allows veterans who can’t get a VA appointment or who live in rural areas – such as Hart – to get treatment at private medical providers paid for by the VA. Hart has used the program to go to Passavant Area Hospital for nearly...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/us/veteran-using-va-choice-p...

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