A lot of wounded soldiers are now getting out of the military and are going to the VA for continued medical care and financial compensation, etc. They find a huge organization with rules, regulations and ways of doing things that can be very intimidating and confusing. The media is currently full of horror stories about soldiers that are lost in the system. What these soldiers need to be told is that they do not have to go it alone. It's a time when they are probably at a mental and physical low and definitely not at their best. There is available help in the form of service organizations including but not limited to the VFW and American Legion. These organizations have service officers who are trained and heavily experienced in the arcane ways of the VA. Some, including the two mentioned even have offices in the same buildings as the VA allowing them to work hand in hand with the disability review boards. They also have patient advisors in most of the VA hospitals who can help you with getting treatment. They can and will, if you give them a power of attorney, help you to organize your claims and keep track of your case and keep it from falling through the cracks. They are a great resource but you have to know they exsist to use them. They can't make things happen immediately but they will make sure claims, etc. do keep moving through the process and do not get lost.