After a three year struggle with the Veterans Administration (VA) over disability issues and compensation, everything has finally been resolved correctly and to my satisfaction. As to why it took so long, I have no idea, but I’m glad it’s over.
I’ve been questioned as to why I choose to use the VA for medical appointments over the Tricare military health care I’m eligible for. I have had great success using Tricare and when I’m on the road traveling, if the need arises, I can use it at any medical facility that accepts it, and there are plenty. I do have a 20% co-pay and an annual $300 family deductible.
With the VA, my medical is 100% covered, so when we are in the South Carolina area, it is my first choice. Why pay the 20% if I don’t have to? I have been very pleased with the medical treatment I’ve received from the VA, it was the administrative side that was bogging down my disability claim and causing all the delays and aggravation.
So this week I had my annual physical at the VA and they have pronounced me fully alive and good to go for another year. A second dose of good news. :c)
I have one more appointment in November for an eye exam, I may be having another cataract issue in my other eye, so I want that checked out. Hopefully, it may just be a simple need for a stronger prescription in my glasses. I want everything taken care of before we start our travels after New Years.
And what a start it will be, we are booked to head out on a Disney cruise, our first cruise ever. We’ve been wanting to take a cruise for years, so we decided this was the time, we’ll be taking a seven day eastern Caribbean sailing to St. Maarten and Puerto Rico (one of my old stomping grounds during my Coast Guard career).
We’ve got some new workamping adventures coming up at J. Strom Thurmond COE, things we’ve never done before and a chance to use some of my old Coast Guard skills, so stay tuned.
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