My father rec'd letter from IL Dept of Veterans' Affairs that states:
"Our interagency records indicate that you may be receiving state benefits when by law you should instead be receiving more robust federal veteran benefits. In light of this, you are required to call Veteran Service Officer (lists name and number, I did try to call, recording says "mailbox is full") to assess your veteran benefits by May 16, 2014. … If it is determined you may qualify for additional federal benefits, you will be given the contact info of a local VSO in your area. The local VSO will assist you with filing any necessary paperwork to the US Department of Veterans' Affairs, provide guidance concerning your claim, and assist you by interpreting any information you receive from the VA."
First of all, when I can't even get through to telephone number they provided because mailbox is full, it reinforces everything I've, unfortunately, experienced with VA. It is so disconnected and discombobulated, and main facility I have to take my father to is an hour drive each way up into the massive city of Chicago. And, again, I just spent this morning calling back and forth to variety of VA offices trying to figure out why my father's catheter nurse - that was ordered by doctor and confirmed through Health Nurse Coordinator - has never called or shown up and its been 8 weeks since this was supposed to happen. I'm beyond sick and tired of dealing with VA inefficiency and running me around. I want to take my dad to local PCP and get a comprehensive and local primary doc to oversee his health care. Any reasons I can't or shouldn't do this? Thanks for any input.