Let’s face it, navigating through the VA’s mind-melting gauntlet in order to access benefits is something no one enjoys. For me, knowing where to find information turned out to be more frustrating than trying to find a needle in a haystack. Through the countless websites, telling me to go here then telling me to send this, find that, copy this, go there – I became exhausted prior to ever even getting started.
I thought, maybe I can speak with someone at the VA who can help. Have you tried that? If you haven’t, make sure you have a few hours to spend waiting on hold, being transferred, leaving messages and waiting for a return call, if you get one at all.
I began thinking maybe all of this is on purpose. Maybe all these dead ends are in some way, a form of crowd control in order to keep operating costs at a minimum. It makes sense, the more people that give up on trying to access benefits, the less the programs would have to pay out. This led to a change of thinking for me. Instead of thinking, they should make this easier for people, I started to look at the entire process as a challenge. I thought, there must be a way, other people have done it.
I’ve spent the last four years going through the different programs and services the VA has to offer. I’ve managed to access quite a few of them and am still trying to access others. My purpose is to share what I’ve learned in hopes that it might prevent some of the headaches I’ve experienced for other veterans.
I plan on adding a new article each week and look forward to connecting to everyone reading this. Feel free to email me and/or comment on any article included.
So, with all that being said – let’s stop wasting time looking for the needle. Let’s burn the haystack and get started.