Volume XIX  Issue XI                                                     THE POST                                                   Oct 18th, 2019


Prosthetic and Sensory Aids

Veterans receiving VA care for any condition may receive VA prosthetic appliances, equipment and services, such as respiratory therapy, artificial limbs, orthopedic braces and therapeutic shoes, wheelchairs, powered mobility, crutches, canes, walkers, special aids, appliances, optical and electronic devices for visual impairment and other durable medical equipment and supplies. Veterans who are approved for a guide or service dog may also receive service dog benefits including veterinary care and equipment.

VA medical services include diagnostic audiology and diagnostic and preventive eye care services. VA will provide hearing aids and eyeglasses to the following Veterans:

(a)Those with any compensable service-connected disability.

(b)Those who are former Prisoners of War (POWs).

(c)Those who were awarded a Purple Heart.

(d)Those in receipt of benefits under Title 38 United States Code (U.S.C.)1151.

(e)Those in receipt of an increased pension based on being rated permanently housebound or in need of regular aid and attendance.

(f)Those with vision or hearing impairment resulting from diseases or existence of another medical condition for which the Veteran is receiving care or services from VHA, or which resulted from treatment of that medical condition, e.g., stroke, polytrauma, traumatic brain injury, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, vascular disease, geriatric chronic illnesses, toxicity from drugs, ocular photosensitivity from drugs, cataract surgery, and/or other surgeries performed on the eye, ear, or brain resulting in vision or hearing impairment.

(g)Those with significant functional or cognitive impairment evidenced by deficiencies in the ability to perform activities of daily living, but not including normally occurring visual or hearing impairments. Note: Veterans with normally occurring visual and/or hearing impairments that interfere with their medical care are eligible for eyeglasses and hearing aids.

(h)Those who have vision or hearing impairment or combined visual and hearing impairments severe enough that it interferes with their ability to participate actively in their own medical treatment. NOTE: The term “severe” is to be interpreted as a vision and/or hearing loss that interferes with or restricts access to, involvement in, or active participation in health care services (e.g., communication or reading medication labels). The term is not to be interpreted to mean that a severe hearing or vision loss must exist to be eligible for hearing aids or glasses.

(i)Veterans who have a service-connected hearing disability that contributes to a loss of communication ability. However, hearing aids are to be provided only as needed for the service-connected hearing disability.


Reminder: All paid Legion members are eligible for the Legionnaire Insurance Trust benefit program, but members must confirm on the following web site: thelit.comand navigate to the PRODUCTS menu bar item and select No Cost LegionCare. On the No Cost LegionCare page, select the Sign Up Now button. You will need to supply the following: Zip Code, DOB info, Department (IL), Belong To info, American Legion Member number, Email Address, Name Info, Street Address info, Phone and Gender. You must perform the sign-up process. You will be covered with $1000 accidental death insurance and $5000 while on official American Legion business.



Richard Balboa, Ralph Bechtold, Sal Estrada, Warren Koerner, Robert Lewis, Robert Palucki, Roger Krzyzowski, and Stan Kuchta.

Birthdays For the Month of November 2019 (6)

James Dodge (12), John Basta (19), John Jerding (24), John Biesen (26), James Stewart (27) and Kenneth Hiemer (29).