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By Deb Brumley
For The Sentinel 

Medical help for vets is just a question away


Imagine a world where health care is free, prescriptions cost little to nothing, and specialized treatment by world-class experts would elicit only an appointment reminder and never a bill. Sound impossible? To the contrary—if you or a loved one are an honorably discharged United States veteran, and in some cases, a National Guard member with 24 months of continuous service, these essential and costly benefits and more, are available by just asking the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for them. And the key, it would seem for many veterans who may not have been injured or served overseas or during wartime, is the asking.

Consider the case of 88-year-old Neil Chaffee, a 20-year-residen...

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