I had already gone to the Release of Information Office to try to get my Power of Attorney and Living Will out of the VA records but that did not work. They told me to see the social worker and the social worker told me what you see below.
May 13, 2013 - Veteran to Social Worker:
"I went to release of information at the Tucson VA today to get my living will. They told me I had to make an appointment with the social worker in Green Valley to get my living will out of the system. If that is
agreeable with you, just tell me when I can see you. If you have any questions please contact Rosemary
Hernandez at Release of Information.
Anthony O'Connell 7637"
May 16, 2013 - Social Worker to Veteran:
"Mr. O'Connell, I am sorry, but you received incorrect information at the Tucson VA. I spoke directly with the
Director of Medical Records who told me that they do not keep any hard copy records at all.
They scan everything that they receive and put it in your electronic record. They destroy all
hard copies after 90 days. I repeat there is NO living will in your electronic chart here at
SAVAHCS, which indicates that they never received a paper copy of a Living Will for you. If
you are concerned about Prescott having your Living Will in their chart, you need to contact
July 12, 2013 - Director to Senator McCain
"Mr. OConnell also contacted his provider several times asking that his living will be returned to him. He was advised each time to contact the Release of Information (ROI) office located at the main VA hospital to obtain his living will, as it is not available at the clinic. Mr. OConnell can reach the ROI office at (520) 792-1450, extension 6923."
If I had used the telephone instead of written communication I would not have a record to show that I had already tried the release of information office on May 13, 2013.
I rescind my POA for health care and living will that I give the VA on January 30, 2009. I don't understand why it is impossible for me to get it removed from the VA records. What is the intent of withholding it? Would it be used to avoid responsibility from the coming consequences from withholding my medicine?