Veteran's Healthcare Story - Paul Clamp Video

He served for 17 years. Clamp spoke with us about his healthcare experience with the VA. "They're doing the best that they can under the situation that they can right now. You see, because I'm not, they're not classifying me as service-connected...
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Paul Clamp Florida Military, 17 Years Paul Clamp: I spent 3 years in the Army, 4 years in the Navy and then I was a captain in the Merchant Marine for 9-10-11 years. I didn't know until recently that I developed what they call COPD in the military; right now I am fighting it. Female Speaker: What is a COPD? Paul Clamp: Coronary Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, it's the lung. And they treated me in the service for it and they claim that I still got to prove that I had it, got in the service, and they now they have diagnosed me with PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, it's been a nightmare, sitting here you gotta keep fighting and fighting and fighting. You don't get no - it is just they wanna know all the situation, they wanna know everything, I got a what they call it a Site Doctor, I go to root therapy and stuff like that. His Healthcare Experience: They doing the best that they can under the situations that they can, right now, see because I am not - classifying these services connected. See, so I don't see my regular doctor but every three to four months. I go see my site doctor maybe every three to four months. But I go every week into root therapy, but the problem is I have to pay for my medical. And I am not getting nothing right now. It costs me $8 for prescription; it costs me $50 a visit, oh yeah, of course, pretty good. I just paid for 3 months, I just paid $598. See right now I take three inhalers, one nebulizer twice a day, and I take 29 pills, a day. Why He Believes Every American Should Be Concerned About Healthcare for Veterans: -- Because 90 percent of the policy of the Veterans Administration is they wish me die justly. They wish me die justly, so they wouldn't have to do anything and that's my point I am feeling under. Changes He Wants to See: The whole VA system. Female Speaker: Just an overhaul. Paul clamp: Overhaul a complete overhaul and turnaround and, you know, like a person like myself, now I didn't know until six months ago, that I had COPD in service and they admitted that they treated it because I went in for reparatory distress and now admit they changed it. But you see what happened was, then they told me well we changed to COPD, we realized you had this from the service, because we treated you for this, but we haven't heard from you a long time and you also have to prove that you have had it, you got in the service. Now how would you know, if you got it in the service if you were not told this.

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