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I was refused a flu shot from the VA. Why? Because I am in a non-service connected rating and above the established dollar threshold. I have five battle stars and a presidential unit citation from the Philippine government. We fought off six torpedo planes that tried to sink our troop ships. We dodged four torpedoes and shot down one of the planes. The point is, I spent months in the South Pacific fighting for our country, risking my life every day. And now I am not even eligible for a flu shot.

I have never asked for anything from the VA. But now I am going on 80 and have congestive heart failure, diabetes, high blood pressure and weak kidneys. I have Independent Health, but I can't get the shot because it can't get the medicine. I thought in my hour of need, my government would at least give me a flu shot. When I die, the government will give a flag and certificate to my wife, but when I'm alive, I am refused a simple flu shot. Our government will give Iraq billions of dollars, but our veterans who have fought in combat get zilch.

Edward J. Dohopolski


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