I live 110 miles from my VA. According to their new policy it says if a veteran lives over 40 miles from the VA center they will be able to have an appointment with a non-VA physician within the city. When I applied to have a physician they told me I do not qualify because I am within 40 miles of a VA Medical Center. I tried to explain to them that the VA center near me does not have the medical facilities that I need….I even told them I believe this program, the “Veterans Choice Program,” is a SCAM!!! No reply from the VA, so I still have to travel to the Birmingham VA for an appointment to have my Pace-maker checked which takes only 15 minutes, 220 miles of drive time and 3+ hours of my personal time.

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