We do occasionally take a break from all the activities here at our South Carolina "home" and let the grandson's get some rest. ;c)
We do have some chores to catch up on and one was another visit to the Veteran's Administration (VA) Office in Colombia, South Carolina. Sometimes I think I'd rather have a root canal.
Why do I keep "fighting" with the VA? Many have asked why put yourself through all that effort that seems for nought?
Two reasons, the first is that since I served in a combat area (Persian Gulf) during time of war I am automatically entitled to free health care from the VA for five years. Already a year has lapsed and I still am not in the system to be able to be seen. Yes, I have Tricare (the standard military healthcare for retirees) but there are deductibles and if I can use the VA with no deductibles, that is worth it.
Secondly, I have some service connected permanent injuries that should entitle me to some monetary compensation and if I am rated high enough, the five years free health care turns into a lifetime benefit.
So after more than six hours at the VA and meeting with five different people, we're at the same place we were before, you have to wait to be notified of further instructions. Sort of "The check is in the mail".
It is pretty sad how poorly the VA system works, the VA staff has been friendly and sympathetic, but it sure is a system mired in red tape. I'm looking at this as helping me to learn to be more patient in life.
Speaking of patience, we have not been too patient in our travels this first year of our fulltime life. Seems that the PDD has been very much in control. As I studied the fulltime lifestyle from other RVer's blogs, usually the first year is very much traveled in "vacation" mode, with subsequent years slowing down and smelling the roses. At the speed we've traveled, we haven't even seen the roses! :cO
Well, we are right on track (or maybe a bit ahead of schedule) for our first year of travel. I looked at my travel log notes and found that since last December 5th, when we hit the road, we've covered 17,200 miles around the country and we still have a little over another month to go, with a trip to Myrtle Beach (The Carolina Clan Gathering) and another one up to New Jersey/Pennsylvania with a return to South Carolina still on the agenda.
At this point, I'd advise anyone that is looking to increase their stock portfolio earnings, invest in the oil companies that supply diesel fuel, I'll make you rich! ;c)
Still on the agenda is a trip to the local Camping World. I need to make an appointment with them for December to get our awning motor replaced and I want to pick up the hose assembly to be able to use an external propane tank. We are going to be staying in some less that warm areas and using an external tank means we won't have to move the Journey to fill with propane.
Not every day as a fulltime RVer is exciting and on the cutting edge of excitement, but we are thrilled to have made the transition. Life is good!
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