Many veterans with disabilities can enjoy a fuller quality of life through the use of state of the art custom prosthetic devices. Unfortunately, as many veterans experience firsthand, veterans’ resources are often spread quite thin. Wait lists are long and veterans have a hard time getting appointments. Many veterans are unaware that there is a simpler solution that will allow them to obtain necessary prosthetics much sooner, and many more options are available to them.
The Military’s History with Prosthetics
The government has been purchasing prosthetics for soldiers since 1862. The Veteran’s Administration has had a prosthetics program in place for well over a hundred years, and that program has changed drastically overtime. Back when most prosthetics were general fit and deemed “good enough”, the process was fairly straightforward.
The Veteran’s Administration ultimately went on to establish several research teams to improve the quality and capabilities of prosthetics and mobility devices. The VA’s investigators and researchers have concepted, built, and perfected everything from dentures designed to prevent the growth of candida yeast to robotic wheelchairs designed to navigate a wide variety of natural terrain. The VA team continues to work with researchers and scholars at prodigious universities to pioneer futuristic technologies that may eventually allow prosthetics to function almost as effectively as organic body parts.
Today, the Veteran’s Administration has more than 70 locations for veterans to have custom prosthetics and orthotics fully customized and fitted with highly advanced modern technology. The VA has reached out to create a network with other accredited and certified prosthetists and orthotists to provide devices for veterans in need all across the country. Wounded heroes deserved better, and through the creation of an elaborate network of communication and care providers, they’re finally able to get what they deserve.
Obtaining Prosthetics as a Veteran
Veteran’s Administration medical facilities are often overburdened, subjecting veterans to unacceptable wait times for medical care that they desperately need. Recent changes in the structure have made it possible for veterans to receive prosthetics and orthotics from a significant number of accredited providers where they live. More than 600 care providers are now within the network, meaning that veterans no longer need to go directly to the VA to have their medical needs met.
Accredited providers can prescribe a prosthetic and communicate your need to the prosthetics department at the VA and coordinate a care plan for you. This removes some of the overcrowding at the VA while allowing veterans to begin the process of obtaining prosthetics much sooner. Smaller private practices aren’t often as overwhelmed with patients as VA medical facilities.
If the prosthetist nearest to your home does not currently have a Veteran’s Administration contract, they may be able to obtain one. Since prosthetics require regular maintenance, obtaining this contract would be a worthwhile venture. You would be able to continue to attend appointments with your nearest prosthetists and have the consistency of care that comes with one expert being in charge of designing, fitting, maintaining, and updating your devices.
Having the Government Cover the Costs
Eligibility is a simple process. Prosthetics are covered within the Medical Benefits Package. Veterans enrolled in the VA health care system (or qualifying individuals under the law) who meet all of the requirements are eligible for the government to cover the costs of their prosthetics. Anyone with a discharge status other than dishonorable (or sometimes otherwise, at the discretion of the Veteran’s Administration Regional Offce) with a service related injury, disability, or illness that can be treated or improved through the use of a prosthetic is eligible to be prescribed one.
Rather than waiting for a VA appointment, individuals who need a prosthetic can work with an accredited prosthetist who can speak with the VA on your behalf. If the accredited prosthetist finds that a prosthetic would be necessary for the veteran in need, the VA doctors will approve the prescription and allow the prosthetist to custom fabricate the device instead of the VA hospital. The Medical Benefits Package will then cover the relevant costs.
Tony Martin Limb and Brace Would Love to Help
Our experienced team at Tony Martin Limb and Brace knows how long veterans often wait for crucial VA appointments. With recent changes in policy making it possible for veterans and military servicemembers to seek treatment through other accredited providers, Tony Martin Limb and Brace would love to help our heroes get the care they need much sooner.
We’re experienced in custom fabrication of prosthetics for members of our military and disabled veterans. We’re familiar with the Veteran’s Administration policies, and we will be able to work to help veterans get the care they need covered by their VA medical benefits package. We invite all veterans in need to pay us a visit – it would be a pleasure to serve you as you have served this great nation of ours.