George is a Veteran. He put in almost 20 years of his life in the service of our country. He is applying for his earned benefits…and has been pre-approved for medical.
Now the fun begins.
He received his eligibility packet (booklet) and his Champus insurance card (pays when you are more than 40 miles away from the nearest facility).
But, he can’t use the Champus until he sees a VA doc. So (of course) he called the VA Hospital to make an appointment.
Seven phone numbers later he was connected to an “eligibility coordinator”…who said “you’ve been determined eligible if you received a booklet”, and now he needs to make an appointment.
And the government is still closed.
And the VA was the first department hit in the shut down.
So, after going through phone transfer after phone transfer, sixteen total, he finally was talking to a HUMAN that could set an appointment up for him.
EXCEPT…………the government is shut down. And they may or may not be able to get him an appointment….in the next year depending upon when the government reopens.
And he is post-open-heart-surgery. By only about six weeks.
The good news…his cardiologist is covered for Champus…..the bad news…. he has to see a VA doctor before Champus will authorize him seeing his cardiologist.
The good news….he can get a VA appointment….the bad news….while there is a human capable of making his appointment, the computers are not currently turned on due to the government shut down.
And the President is flitting off to another southern state for yet another “I’m so wonderful and smart with a bigly brain fest”.
And McConnell is nowhere to be found…………
And it is all (eye-rolling) the “Democrats fault”.
I realize this is just a “minor” frustration in the greater scheme of things.
People are at work without pay. People are furloughed and told to have a “yard sale”. People are being kicked out of their homes, losing their cars to repossession, being denied medical care……
But it hit home for us this morning….and I fear it will hit a LOT of others at home before it is all over.