- Bad ankles and knees - standing 8, 12, even 34 hour watches on a steel deck.
- Hearing loss - listening to white noise on a sonar stack for 20 years.
- Broken backs and/or back problems
- 2nd & third degree electrical burns
- Lung problems
H/T to CNSNews
Obama's Fiscal Commission Calls for Veterans to Make Co-Payments for Certain Non-Combat-Related Health Care
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
By Fred Lucas
Requiring veterans to pay for non-combat-related medical problems, instead of the government covering the entire cost, would save $700 million by 2015, the commission says in its draft report.
“This option would increase out-of-pocket costs for veterans in Priority Group 5 — those who do not have service-connected disabilities and whose income is below a VA-defined threshold,” states the draft report.
“Currently, those patients pay no fees for inpatient or outpatient medical care. This option requires co-payments for medical care provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs to these enrollees, saving $0.7 billion in 2014,” the report says.
President Barack Obama established the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform earlier this year to address escalating national debt that has reach $13.6 trillion and the federal deficit that now stands at $1.3 trillion.
The 18-member commission includes members appointed by the president and members from each party in the House and Senate leadership. A final report, due on Dec. 1, must have the approval of 14 of the 18 members on the commission.