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Since -- Obama's on the health care bill into law yesterday we've been receiving dozens of emails from concerned.
Military veterans servicemen and women and their families asking how this will affect your coverage and their benefits Peter gates on as the executive director American legion and the author of quote for service to your country a guide to veterans' benefits he's here to answer some of those questions Peter I appreciate it.
Thanks so much.
Let's get so -- thank you very much for me.
Okay let's go to back his question first I heard the tri care which is the coverage used by military families and retirees is not an approved insurance.
Under the new health care rules can you check this out did you check this out.
Yes the American -- check this out we've been a part of the debate since the beginning.
And she can rest assured that her tri care benefits are secure under the law that was just signed by President Obama yesterday.
The American Legion -- the vocal advocate in ensuring that track -- benefits are safe under the new law so she's safe -- -- beneficiaries will receive.
There tri care benefits under this new law.
All right I am a 55 year old female says Judith.
She's a veteran who served in the US navy as a medic.
I have no insurance and all my medical needs are taking care of by the VA hospital now with a bill effective veterans' medical coverage.
Personally thank her for her service to the country and let me reassure her that her VA access to VA health care is not an anyway negatively affected by the new law.
The benefits that she's learned to her service to this country will still be recognized the Department of Veterans Affairs -- -- this new health care reform bill as it was signed by the president.
She can still access the health care the quality delivery of health care through the Department of Veterans Affairs that she's aren't through her service.
Peter that's all the specific questions I have for you right now but overall in the overarching scheme for those who did not write us.
What's something else to military veterans those serving in who have -- should now.
That should know that under the new law that.
The president to be secretary of defense and the secretary of veterans affairs has assured The American Legion -- nation's largest veterans' service organization.
But those aren't health care benefits and art American service members gain through their service -- that it sacrificed our country.
Well not in any way be negatively affected by the final bill that comes out while there's a need to focus on health care reform for us as a nation overall.
What The American Legion focus is is to make sure that American service members who have served -- serving and will serve.
That -- earned benefits to access to quality health care to the Department of Veterans Affairs is secure now and into the future and The American Legion will continue to do that.
Then take -- does this this bill is over 2000 pages long we have questions here in the studio we have questions people watching right now.
We would they go of the -- veteran -- serving right now to get those questions answered witty recommend they go.
I recommend they go to www.
Legion dot award.
The American -- and I said has been a vocal advocate and ensuring that any health care reform package that comes through.
Make sure that the benefits -- health care benefits of our nation's veterans our nation's heroes our secure in whatever final version of the overall national health care reform bill as fast.
So if they have any questions they can contact their local department.
Of the veterans affairs or they can contact their local American legion or contact us here in Washington DC it's what we do it's who we are.
By Peter and if you're about the military people that did did are no this they get answers and they get things done so those who have questions we'll get answers that they go to the places.
You just brought up we'll have that on our web site a little bit later FOX & Friends are com Peter -- Tom thanks so much.
-- thank you very much but meanwhile up.
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