Vietnam Vet Hip Replacement Surgery


My father-in-law, Larry Conwell, is 100% disabled Vietnam 1966-67 Marine vet with Parkinson's due to exposure to Agent Orange during the war.

In addition to his Parkinson's symptoms, he has had hip pain for several years, which has hindered his ability to walk and is pretty much confined to a wheel chair.   

He has suffered from chronic severe pain in his right hip for several years and has asked the VA for an MRI to determine the extent of his condition to no avail.  To exacerbate the problem, the VA has eliminated his access to pain medications due to the administration's heightened concerns with the opioid crisis. 

The only advise given from a state legislator was for him to go to a private doctor and pay cash. The X-Ray found he is rubbing bone against bone in his hip, and the hip socket has deteriorated beyond repair. Due to the urgency and severity, the surgery is planned for tomorrow, October 15.

Upon retiring in 2009 at 65, he didn't take out Medicare Part B because the VA administration said he wouldn't need it due to being a Veteran and he would be taken care of through the VA Health Care Program. The word CARE should not be a part of the title.

He lives more than 70 miles from the VA Hospital and has tried unsuccessfully to be out sourced to private care for several years (Choice Program).

The VA won't pick up the cost of private healthcare. The private physician estimates the surgery, hospital stay, and anesthesia to be more than $30,000. Since they are unable to pay for the surgery, my father-in-law is planning to put it all on credit cards. 

My husband and I have helped as much as possible. We would appreciate any level of contribution, so they don't have to drown in credit card debit at the age of 71.

Thank you for your consideration!

Matthew 22: 34 - 40
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like unto it. Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.


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Organizer and beneficiary

Audra Johnson Conwell 
Cedar Park, TX
Dena Conwell 
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