The VA health care system faces many problems and spends a great deal of money. Nobody seems to be able to figure out how to fix what’s wrong.
I have an idea. Change the eligibility rules and cut the number of people eligible to get free or low cost care.
The only veterans who should be eligible to receive VA or TRICARE benefits (why we have separate programs I don’t know) are (1) those with a service related injury or medical condition and (2) those who earned such benefits as part of their retirement from active duty. In addition, for those who earned retirement benefits through reserve service, their VA or TRICARE benefits should be subordinate to any employer-based coverage.
There is no logical reason why a veteran who does not meet the above criteria should be entitled to government-funded health care and in the process decrease accessibility to care for those truly deserving.
Those of us who can claim the veteran designation without service related conditions or retirement are ordinary citizens who fulfilled their obligation willingly or otherwise and returned to civilian life; end of story.