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Friday, September 19, 2014

More VA “Fun”

We made a successful drive down to the Woodsmoke Campground near our daughter Heather’s house.  We’ve spent some time visiting and even celebrated Heather’s 29th birthday (again).  It’s been good to see Andrew and Owie again, no matter how often we see with our grandkids all over the country, it seems way too long between visits.

We went to the boy’s school this morning for Grandparents Day, an annual event with a continental breakfast for the grandparents to visit the school and the grandkid’s classrooms.  It took a special effort this morning, not only did we get up at 6 am, but we had to go and pick up the boys and drive to their school in the pouring rain.

Right away, we got our picture snapped as we walked in the door, dripping wet. At least I have documentary evidence that I was up and about at 7am.  ;c)

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Of course I got caught wearing a Pawtucket Red Sox farm team hat (hey, I don’t want to ruin a good had in the rain!) in the picture.  I hope my rabid Yankee fan father and son Ryan, don’t see the photo, they’ll think I’m a traitor!

Earlier this week, Marti and I took a ride to the VA that I’m registered at to take care of a couple of issues.  I need to have a follow up on my eyes, and to get an appointment, I practically had to beg.  I had to basically plead to be seen by the Ophthalmologist who did my surgery.  Of course, the earliest they can fit me in is 12 November.  I guess I’m supposed to be grateful.

We also went to the VA administrative side for a follow up on my 28 months of unpaid disability pay.  To say the rep was less than helpful would be kind.  He agreed to send an email to someone who supposedly handles the Coast Guard retiree accounts.  That’s all he’d do.  Why am I not surprised?  At least he did something, not like other visits I’ve had with VA reps who only told me what they could not do for me.   From what I’ve read, this could take another couple of years to be rectified.  Too bad they don’t pay interest on the money.

Aside from the VA, it’s going to be a nice week long visit with Andrew and Owie, before we head to our three months of workamping with the Army Corps of Engineers at Thurmond Lake.  We’re getting excited to head out and find some more boundary line pins (and maybe Bigfoot this time).  :c)

Thanks for visiting and feel free to leave a comment.

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13 comments:

  1. Enjoy your time with family. Doctor's appointments and the VA are two very frustrating topics. Good luck!

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  2. Aren't you glad you went to the new, refocused VA instead of the old one?

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  3. Geez and silly me thought your VA days were over :)

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  4. Grandparents day at the school would be awesome, enjoy the time there.

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  5. Have fun with the family...forget the VA and come down here to MODOC...we're waiting:o))

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  6. I just don't know why you are having so much trouble. My father has had great care both in Florida and in Colorado. He was diagnosed with a hernia and they had him scheduled for the operation in less than a month. Must be really aggravating for you. Thank goodness for the grand-kids to bring some fun into your life.

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  7. For the most part the VA has been good to Terry. However, it has its moments. It took him about 6 months to finally get shoulder relief and only after he had to tell his doctor what he needed. He's taking in a notepad of complaints when he has his visit next month.

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  8. Anything that involves the government, never seems to be as easy or straightforward as it should be. Hope you can get it rectified quickly.

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  9. And that's why I chose Tricare over the VA, it may not be perfect, but it's a damn sight better. Good Luck. Oh, and the red hat looks good on you.....lol

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  10. Glad you're at least having some fun times with the grandkids to balance out the bad times with the VA.

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  11. Sorry your visit with the VA was frustrating. Focus on enjoying those grandkids.

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  12. We have a friend in NC fighting with the VA over disability pay too. He's beyond frustrated. Sure glad all that negative publicity they received a few months ago improved things :)

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