The last time I was at the VA hospital was 6 years ago. On that visit I asked the doctor why I drive 140 miles round trip month after month just to get my blood pressure taken and blood drawn. I get a sack of pills and no explanation. I asked this very politely and the doctors angry response was; "maybe we should refer you to mental health."
Now mind you, I was going at the request of the VA to be part of the Gulf War review. I did not initiate the visits, nor have I ever submitted claims for compensation. I had went as scheduled for a couple of years beforehand at my own expense but the experience was strange. Nevertheless, I was out of there and never looked back.