A 22-year veteran, Harold Williams shares his healthcare experience.
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Harold J. Williams Texas Army, 22 Years Well I have an injury to the right knee, received in Korea, I am fortunate when I was in the Vietnam, I didn't receive any physical injuries per se but I do have some healthcare problems as a result of exposure to -- arm. His Healthcare Experience: Of course, while in the military, there's adequate medical care accorded to every soldier, sailor or service person. However after retirement, but fortunate for me I live in San Antonio and San Antonio has vast complex of medical health care system. The healthcare system - the healthcare in San Antonio, I could guess, pretty near adequate although it does have, I had just had some improvement as far as medical personnel and equipment technology. However, the problem is that, as an example, Texas and the -- what they call the Valley; there are not enough Veteran's Military facility to facilitate those veterans who deserve it off healthcare. Although they do understand there are plans into work now, I think it's been approved by our Congress, to bill a Veteran's Hospital somewhere in the Valley as we call it, but currently those guys have to travel anywhere from 100 to maybe 200 miles to San Antonio in order to receive healthcare which only complicates the problem in San Antonio. Quite a few of these individuals who would deserve in a Veteran Benefits and even the healthcare system, have to use Supplemental Insurance because they cant travel that far or their condition is such that it needs immediate concerns, that they cant afford to travel that far, or to wait long. So that's why they have to use sometimes alternate healthcare system in order to be better individuals. Changes He Wants to See: We are a country, a country of vast resources and I think there should be more concern for our military veterans. They should be snapped right through the system and taken care of from the beginning to the end without any complications or obstacles.