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Monday, July 23, 2012

A Wasted Day

I didn't get involved in anything much today because it was the day I had an appointment to be called by the Veterans Administration.  I had to make an appointment last week for a scheduler to call me today to make an appointment for me to be seen at a VA hospital for an initial evaluation of injuries I incurred while on active duty.  Even though I have a cell phone, I didn't want to take the chance of being in a dead spot when the call came in.

The way it works is the scheduler will make appointments for me to be seen and I have no control over the dates or the time of said appointments.  And no, you cannot go to the local VA hospital to make an appointment directly.  You must go through the regional appointment office.  Great system, huh? 

Of course the call never came.  Should I be surprised?  Tomorrow I'll fight with the VA phone tree again and see if I can get another appointment for an appointment for an appointment.  The rate I'm going, I'll be long dead an buried before an appointment is made.  :cO

Marti didn't let any grass grow under her feet, though.  She was introduced to geocaching by our niece when we were up at Brant Lake so she set off to find several.  She did discover two out of three, despite having to crawl through some bushes and wander around an old cemetery.  She came out no worse for the wear.  It is amazing what things she can do with her I-phone.  It has proven to be a very handy device for our travels.  Plus we get lots of pictures of our grandkids on it most every day.  :c)

Not every day as a full time RVer is exciting, some are and some are as fun as watching paint dry.

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14 comments:

  1. Again the system fails the veteran, more the norm than headline news. Good luck tomorrow Paul.

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  2. Ho Hum, at least you didn't drive 500 miles today. :)

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  3. As retired military, isn't your medical care done through Tri-care? I just do not understand how it gets so complicated!!! Sorry our veterans have to fight a battle to get themselves taken care of:o((

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  4. This is just outrageous. But IF it's even a teeny consolation, I think it will get much better once you are in the system. My father never had or has any trouble at all. Wonder if it's your "region"?? Sure hope they just up and call you tomorrow. make an appontment to make an appointment - ridiculous!!

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  5. Again, it must be a regional thing. At The El Paso VA, I just walked in and the next thing I know, I walked out completely signed up, all appointments and my disability processed.
    You may want to look at applying in SD next time your out that way, just a thought.

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  6. Yes I have Tricare for normal medical needs, but with Tricare there are out of pocket costs an co-pays.

    The VA, however has to evaluate me for the injuries and either set up either a course of treatment for me (at no cost), or provide monetary compensation for things that cannot be treated.

    I do have a couple of non-treatable injuries that actually are disabling, so that is why I am pursuing the VA route.

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  7. With each post about the VA, the happier I am that I did not bother:)

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  8. "Not every day as a full time RVer is exciting, some are and some are as fun as watching paint dry."

    ...or watching the CORN GROW!!!

    So sorry about the disappointment about the appointments, hopefully tomorrow you'll get better results. :-)

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  9. I hate waiting for anything, but at this point in my life, at least I have the time to do it :) Good luck tomorrow. Hang in there. Hopefully it'll all fall into place soon.

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  10. Maybe this is the government's version of waiting for the cable man. Better luck tomorrow.

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  11. Ugh! Know a lot about what you're talking about. Been through a lot of those horror stories with Terry. It's not fun and it's not fast. We'll keep our fingers and toes crossed for you.

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  12. We are so glad Catherine got an iphone. It really is handy for travelers.

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  13. A few months ago prior to hubby retiring, he tried to get into VA. We have a very nice local office, but he was refused based on making too much money. Heh, as of May 31st that is solved. He has had several moles removed that were VERY close to being problems. He was exposed to things while in the nuclear navy that could have caused this. He will try again at a later date. If you get cancer, I wonder if you can have enough coverage from several agencies!!
    Hubby's dad has always had good service from the VA in Boise, Idaho too...might be another place to try if you are in the area.

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  14. hopefully you will get an appt..and the balls will start rolling...once your into the system..good luck...

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