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We CAN But We WON’T … Unless…..

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Quote of the Day: “Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.”

- John F. Kennedy

Yesterday was 5 miles on the dreadmill so today I thought I would up the ante to ten miles outside.

For the first time, I parked near the dogpark near my house, parking under the 405 bridge and running on the Cedar Trail. I had used Google maps to see where the 5 mile turnaround was. I really love the fact that I can get the satellite view and measure exactly 5 miles, finding the exact point I want to run to.

I made it out there and lingered at the turnaround point because I was, you know, exhausted. But what got me through was the thing I like most about out-and-back runs: you have to get back. No giving up if you want to get to your vehicle so about an hour later, I came lopping in, glad to see my magic carpet that would get me home. (Probably a bad sign that I saw my vehicle as a carpet.)

This is a busy week with my Veteran’s benefits. Today, I had an appointment with my VA representative.

If you recall, I had missed the last one and like these things work, it took weeks to get another appointment.

I had received some paperwork from the VA and they offered something called expedited service.

OK, now this really pisses me off. Here, in my opinion is what they are saying…


“Look, we are the VA. We take forever just to decide to wipe our own ass so your paperwork will be stuck in bureaucratic Hades until sometime around Stardate 28666. But, if you are willing to give up many of your appeal rights after we bend you over shotgun style, we will rush it through. This way we can cornhole you quicker and you will have no rights to appeal our unfair decision.”

What they are saying is that they have the ABILITY to process faster but won’t unless you forgo some of your rights.

Needless to say, I didn’t take them up on their offer and my VA rep reinforced my view of this “Great Deal.” She told me is was universally considered a rogering for the veterans.

We filled out a few more pieces of paper that I’m almost sure I had filled out before and I was once again assured that my claim was in the system and it would be no time before I get some kind of response back from the VA.

And by “some kind of response”, I am pretty sure that it will be the monthly letter that apologizes for taking so long but that my claim is being processed.

Yeah. The fact that it is a boilerplate form letter does not give me warm and fuzzies. Neither does telling them where they can stick their expedited service agreement.

I might need glasses by the time this gets resolved. Bifocals.

“Oh, you’ll have to put in a claim for us to cover that.”

Aaaaaaand, scene.

Free Advice for Today: “Don’t cut corners.”

- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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