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    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

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Hi Carlie,

This is Josh who was out of the country for the last 13 years living in Colombia. So much has happened in the last two years, I had to return to my home here in the US.

My dearest Giovanna who brought me there to get the antibiotics I needed to live, developed cancer 5 years ago and passed away Aug 27, 2012. I was as you can truly believe, I was totally shattered with her loss.

She saved my life and I could do nothing to save her. I miss her beyond belief and know she was my timing gear.

After 1.5 years living alone there on the farm without her, as a disabled "Veterano Gringo" I could do it no more. I was becoming a larger and larger target as the days slipped by, I just had to return.

Oddly enough, two days after I returned, (Nov. 6th 2013), I recieved formal notification that my 1151 claim had been finally approved. I have the decision but have no idea how to interpret the information it contains. Hmmm,,,let me restate that. I can read it but what does it all mean, I no clue. I am sure of one thing, I have be awarded minimum 10 years retro, 100% total and permanent...

I would like for you and Berta to check out the wording if at all possible, but do not ant to "openly" post it for all to read at least not without editting first. I need to blank out the private info I think. Name, SSN etc.

I hope you and the crew here are well Carlie. Take ever so much care.... Josh

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Hi Carlie,

This is Josh who was out of the country for the last 13 years living in Colombia. So much has happened in the last two years I had to return to my home here in the US.

My Dearest Giovanna who brought me there to get the antibiotics I needed to live, developed cancer 5 years ago and passed away Aug 27, 2012. I was as you can truely believe, I was totally shattered withher loss.

She saved my life and I could do nothing to save her. I miss her beyond belief and know she was my timing gear.

After 1.5 years living alone there on the farm without her as a disabled "Veterano Gringo" I could do it no more. I was becoming a larger and larger target as the days slipped by, I just had to return.

Oddly enough, two days after I returned, (Nov. 6th 2013), I recieved formal notification my 1151 claim had been finally approved. I have the decision but have no idea how to read it, Hmmm,,,let me restate that. I can read it but what does it all mean, I no clue. I am sure of one thing, I have be awarded minimum 10 years retro, 100% total and permanent...

I would like for you and Berta to check out the wording if possible but do not ant to "openly" post it for all to read, I need to edit it and blank out the private info I think. Name SSN etc.

I hope you and the crew here are well Carlie. Take ever so much care.... Josh

Hi josh I was wondering what you mean by larger target is it not safe there in columbia ???

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When you live on a "farm" outside of the "civilized territories" of Cartagena and the like, and your Colombian wife of years has recently passed on, you are money compared to the vast majority. So to answer your question, Colombia is safe where you would expect it to be safe. Large cities and the like but the outback farmlands a target. Especially if single, and not known. My wife and I were well known, however, upon her passing, returning to the farm I found much had "disappeared" and there were no ghosts at Shalimar.

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When you live on a "farm" outside of the "civilized territories" of Cartagena and the like, and your Colombian wife of years has recently passed on, you are money compared to the vast majority. So to answer your question, Colombia is safe where you would expect it to be safe. Large cities and the like but the outback farmlands a target. Especially if single, and not known. My wife and I were well known, however, upon her passing, returning to the farm I found much had "disappeared" and there were no ghosts at Shalimar.

Josh

Wow I would love to live like that !!

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Welcome back to hadit Josh!! And welcome home to the states. Sorry to hear about your wife. A Big Congratulations on your win!!!

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