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He is wrong in saying no. Go to your patient advocate and let them know what is happening. Take a copy of the directive with you.

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My patient advocate is like talking to brick wall.

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He is wrong in saying no. Go to your patient advocate and let them know what is happening. Take a copy of the directive with you.

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My patient advocate is like talking to brick wall.

Go up the chain, and be the squeaky wheel.

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He is wrong in saying no. Go to your patient advocate and let them know what is happening. Take a copy of the directive with you.

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My patient advocate is like talking to brick wall.

Go up the chain, and be the squeaky wheel.

Calling my congressman in the am.....

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Guest Ashley40

Hi,

I've been using the VA medical system since 2001 or so, I enrolled about 7 years after SRS and I make it a point to tell whichever doc is my current primary care person, all about my medical history.Everyone giving me medical care needs to know ALL the facts, the major and the trivia, in order to give me the best medical care possible. The computerized history system has improved dramatically just since I enrolled.

I suspect, however, the medical history system is separate from the administrative system. Administrative being my DD214 information.

I've had competent physicans, not so competent, but regardless, the care and caring from the staff has been, and continuues to be first class. !

Thanks

Ashley

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I am in the va system and my care was very good for my physical dissabillities but havnt had the guts to get to a phycologist there yet now that I cant drive anymore Im to far away to return to va care and am on dissabillity.hopefully I can get a way to see one of theyre therapists.

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Wait, wait wait, can someone explain the "benefits" portion to me in simplified terms. Because I'm now wondering if this means my financial worries about all of this are for nothing.

I am a vet, USAF, AFSC 2A651, in case someone is wondering. Not 100% sure that's the right AFSC, been three years since I last looked. Aerospace Propulsion (ENGINES!), just sucks I don't have FAA certifications to get on at an airport somewhere/anywhere.

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I don't begrudge my fellow vets who were injured or disabled in combat going to the front of the line.  But, I do think that all vets who served honorably should have access to all VA benefits without exception.

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I have been using the VA in Boston area for the last 6 years. Along with working with them for Vet2Vet Boston Trans Peer Support Groups, which I help run.

While I have been doing this, I have been able to work with Jillian Sheppard which is one of the people that helped right the Original directive and is working to improve services. If any one has any issues with care or services in the VA system, please contact me and I will put you in contact with her or someone that is willing to help. If you are local to the area, I can introduce you to her.

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Hello Wolf, welcome from another vet and New Englander!  Please head over to the Intro sub-forum and tell us a bit about yourself!

Jani

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I’m a 50% rated vet and have used the va system since early 2000’s and have seen it change for the better. I have recently come out to my therapist and he is going to help me 100% to reach my transition goals. I have had excellent care through the system and recommend anyone that can to try and use it. The va is very lenient on rating conditions in most cases and the higher your rating the less you pay for coverage. I used to be 20% rated and only paid $8 a month for prescriptions all other care was 100% covered and it was a blessing before my current job and insurance coverage. If you haven’t tried or have been rejected in the past either try now or start/appeal past claim with advocacy assistance.

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I see this is an older thread, but I'll add my own bit.

I am getting my health care from the VA now myself.  Before getting into the system the best I could find/afford was from Planned Parenthood who would not proscribe estrogen because of my age.  When I enrolled in the VA, I made sure to tell the doctor that I was on progesterone and why.  They set me right up to consult with a psychologist (with the expected wait time) and she sent me to the endocrinologist without any problems.  After warning me of the possible bad stuff, he gave me my estradiol patches.

In all my interactions with the staff, they have always been respectful toward me.  There is also a support group, but unfortunately the distance involved makes it hard for me to attend that.

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Thats good Jandi.  Its in line with what I have heard with many VA centers. 

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22 hours ago, Jandi said:

I see this is an older thread, but I'll add my own bit.

I am getting my health care from the VA now myself.  Before getting into the system the best I could find/afford was from Planned Parenthood who would not proscribe estrogen because of my age.  When I enrolled in the VA, I made sure to tell the doctor that I was on progesterone and why.  They set me right up to consult with a psychologist (with the expected wait time) and she sent me to the endocrinologist without any problems.  After warning me of the possible bad stuff, he gave me my estradiol patches.

In all my interactions with the staff, they have always been respectful toward me.  There is also a support group, but unfortunately the distance involved makes it hard for me to attend that.

I see you are in NC as well.  I have had nothing but positive experiences with the VA hospital in Durham.  If you use the Durham VA, you should always be treated well.  That has been my experience anyway.

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I go to the Asheville VA, but I have been to the Durham VA a couple of times.  I was staying with a daughter who lives there at the time. 

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Donna Jean wrote "

It may do Orchies and does all the time in cases of testicle cancer. But as far as an MTF issue, I've only heard of a couple of instances and the doctor covered it under other guidelines than SRS ....

Dee Jay"

 

The VA WILL do orchidectomies, IAW 1341(2) (2021.) in the case of three Medical HRT fails. The endocrinologist will/shall advise you of this option. Should you elect to avail yourself of it, S/he (the Endo) will cut a Consult to Urology shop where you will be interviewed.Given a successful candidacy from that interview, that Urologist MD will present your case to a board of Attendings to ascertain your full candidacy for the operation. A positive result from the Board of Attendings will place you in queue for the op.   Kjiersten  <Kj>

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This is great info, I appreciate the resources and updates over time.

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