Welcome back Thanks for keeping us safe here at home and for separating yourselves from your family.
The Veterans Administration is there for you when you get home and for the rest of your life. Use the VA services offered. We owe it to you. There is no health problem they can't fix if caught early, especially the insidious prostate cancer. All that shows up in today's medicine with a simple blood test. Prostate cancer is what took Dennis Stemp from the old IronWorks publications.
Let me put the VA into perspective: In California, the largest (metered, but agruably the best run in the entire state) health care facility is Kaiser-Permanente. Regular people (those not part of a large group, like a teacher's union) pay at least $400. a month for Kaiser. Waits for prescriptions are long. Waits to see a "specialist" are long.
Then there's the VA. I walked my mom through the "active duty" Balboa Naval Hospital when she underwent leukemia treatments. All the staff were in the uniform of the day. Active duty personnel were the patients. War injuries, retired military or their dependents are treated. Top notch health care. No waits for treatment. If you've ever seen "House" on t.v. They'll let their "Vicodin doctor" order $10,000. MRI's and cat scans at the drop of a hat. Money is never a hurdle. This would never happen at Kaiser-Permanente, because it is a for profit health care system.
The VA system is exactly like "House" (without the Vicodin fueled doctor). The veterans hospitals (not active duty) are exactly like the "active duty" military hospital. The only difference is that the staff is not in uniform. Same doctors, same cutting edge medical care. And, when you go to the veterans hospital, you see scooter trash. They welcome scooter trash. They even have big posters of bikers in riding vest's that say, "You were tough enough from military service, stay tough and get tested for lingering diseases".
All the VA hospitals have hung huge banners that say "Welcome Home Veterans".........and they mean it. Sign up and get squared away.