Regarding your comment of being too close to the VA hospital, I believe the limit is 40 miles, but I am not sure? They have literature on it at the VA. You sound as if you are eligible for Social Security disability and you should try for this. If a serious condition developed while you were in the military you can apply for disability retirement from the service I believe. Again try contacting one of the national service officers with any veterans organization. I am a member of most veterans groups and the major ones probably have the best service officers such as the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, etc. There are too many to list them all, but if you call the VA central line they may be able to tell you where they are. You can call toll free at 800-827-1000. It may take awhile to get through, but you can leave your number on a recording and they will call you back.
If you need medicine for a service connected condition, you maybe able to get it from a military medical center if you were given retirement for disability. You have a lot of options, so it is very important for you to get together with someone who can advise you of your possible benefits.
You are correct there are a lot of twists and turns with the VA and the military and it depends on what happened to you, when it happened and if you were properly advised of your rights. Once again I strongly recommend you get in touch with someone who can provide this information. In addition to veteran service officers, there are often state agencies that provide information for veterans and even county agencies depending on where you live and which state you live in? Just look in your phone book under government agencies and see if any are listed for the state or county. Occasionally I see ads on TV about some type of legal help for veterans, I do not know any thing about them, but it maybe worth checking out? If you have a computer try looking up veteran advocates and see if there is something for you.
The sad part is that with all the resources there are for veterans many veterans have very little knowledge about them. Do Not give up, keep trying I am sure some one can help. Also I doubt the VA will cut you off from medication, but even if they did their are other resources out their. While there are a few bad apples in the VA, the great majority of VA staff are good people and will do what they can for you if you ask for their help. One thing I was told and I know works is if you run into a wall, ask the person their what they would recommend you do? If they don't know or won't help ask someone else, perhaps a nurse, aid or clerk will tell you when a doctor says they don't know? The big thing is don't give up until you have knocked on every door. Good Luck. 19lin