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Reasonable At Iu/100%?

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My wife is nagging me to go to Kings island with her and our son. Says we can plan it for a tuesday when the park will be 'dead.' I really don't want to go, but is it reasonable for my wife to expect me to at least go once this season? My doctor says, 'it'll be good exercise,' but at the same time i'm thinking that it'll be used against me. Then I start hating myself for even considering going because I think that if I can handle a few hours at a park then why can't I get and/or hold a job? Sure, I spent the past 6 days and counting at home, but then why would I deserve IU/100% if I am able to handle going to a park once in a blue moon. I already feel guilty because the VA and a few members here have told me that the va was right to deny me iu and/or 100% because I play pc games at home.

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well in my opinion,

a lot of things should go ''unsaid''

.....................Buck

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What kind of DX do you have? Some DXs might benefit from 'a walk in the park'.

Secondly, and probably more importantly, in America, when they use an analogy to describe something "that is easy", they use the phrase "a walk in the park". I don't think a simple walk with your family can be held against you. I wouldn't join a pick-up game of rugby. But a walk? Go enjoy your family, it's the lease the VA "can do".

(jmvho)

Jerry

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You are right they (VA) will use what ever you do against you, there is no doubt about that. But, the whole ideal I personally believe that we receive what we deserve from the VA... is to have a better quality of life. That includes spending time with your family regardless at home or away from home. Your family needs you and you need them in your life and if that is away from what most of us perceive as our "protected" environment, then we veterans need too step out of protected environment for them as well for ourselves. We all deserve that time with our loved ones, as many have spent countless months if not years away from them over the years to protect them.

Even Social Security recognizes life does goes on. That's why they can not just "take" your benefits away just because you have to mow your yard.

As Buck52 mentions:

well in my opinion,
a lot of things should go ''unsaid''



.....................Buck

that is true, but their is a difference in just being ignorant and ignore the "what ifs" the VA may use against you... just be smart about it. Life is to short to have to bury your head in the sand because of "what ifs", some where you have too have a life of some sorts considering what each of us have/has had to deal with.

Enjoy yourself the best you can, you don't get a second chance at it. tick tick

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Go to the park and dont worry about it. You have "real" things to worry about and not "this" one. Its part of your paranoia. You did not call in sick to your boss and then find him at Kings Island. Its a whole different thing. Don't "feel guilty" just because you

deserve an afternoon with your kids at Kings Island, and I will explain why.

All of us have good days and bad days. Everyone. Did you know VA has "ski days" for Vets with no legs? Its a big deal and I have volunteered to help Vets with no legs or one leg to ski. Many/all of these are probably getting VA disability. Are they "frauds" for collecting unemployablity and then enjoying one day of skiing? I dont think so. If your disability is a mental one, then that is not your fault, either. You did not choose your disability and, just because you have a disability that may not be "obvious" to an average person, this does not mean you are a fraud. They call them "invisible" disabilities. Atoms are invisible too, but Im sure you have heard of an "Atom Bomb". Being invisible does not mean it does not exist. Most/all bacteria are invisible to the naked eye, but that does not mean it can not hurt or kill you. To be able to work, you would have to have about 240 "good" days a year. You may only have 10 days where you were "good enough" to work the full 8 hours. That is not good enough, you would be fired (you likely have already been fired) for only showing up 10 days a year.

A doctor had to give an opinion you were unable to work due to SC conditions..or you would not be there.

If someone would be a Jerk enough to tell you something like:

"How come you told va you cant work yet you are here at Kings Island?"

Respond with: "Where did you get your medical degree? My doc examined me and ran a bunch of tests and determined I could not work due to SC conditions. So, if you think differently you should get your MD and, if I become your patient, you can examine me, run the applicable tests and opine differently, if you still think like you do now. Otherwise, lay opinions do not "trump" that of a doctor on medical issues."

Its better not to tell everyone in the whole world you are on VA disability. You do not owe the whole world an accounting of your life. Do they give you an accounting? Do they tell you evertime they call in sick on a Friday to go fishing with their kids? Probably not.

Or, do they tell you each time his wife has a "bad time of the month" and they get into an arguement? Probably not.

If someone asks you, "What do you do?" You, are not required to give a specific answer. Some questions are better left unanswered. The answer I like is "God has richly blessed me and my family. How about you?"

If they persist with, "How has God richly blessed you?" I respond with. "Many ways. I would love to tell you each time God has blessed me, but you probably dont have an extra 2 weeks to hear all about them all."

If they still insist, tell them how God has blessed you. "Gee, where do I start? I have 4 awesome kids. None of them are in jail or on drugs. One just got his degree at Wright State and is doing well enough to help me. Why, just last week, he came over and cut my grass. Then, there are the 7 grandchildren...do you want to hear about all of them, as I love to talk about them?"

If someone is "Crazy nosey", then you simply dont have to tell them your disability percentage (or even if you are compensated).

You can just say, "Oh, I would love to tell me all the details about my finances, but, guess what? I dont know any of your details, first. How much do you earn? Which credit cards do you carry? Are they maxed out? How much do you have in the bank? What is your credit score and pin code to your debit card?"

They should get the idea. You can be "gentler" about not telling them, too.

If they ask how you make money, you can just respond,

"You know what? I dont like to talk about money all the time. My Dad wanted to do that, and I hated it. Now, tell me, how are your kids doing in soccer? Did your (and start talking about them, and their life, taking the focus off yours)...brother ever get married? No kidding! Do they have children yet? How many?

In summary, learn to talk about others..they are more interested in themselves anyway. You will be better liked, and just take the emphasis off of you and your disability. You do not need to tell everyone you meet about it. You do, however, need to tell your VA doc about it. Just him, and not the rest of the world. You dont know what they discuss with their docs, and maybe you dont want to know either. If they ask personal questions you dont want to answer, just turn it around and ask them even more personal questions.

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Look bud, we all feel as you. I was medically Retired from the Navy at 30 yrs old, after almost 10 yrs of service. I received SSDI at 31, and now I am only 33 with a young 30 yr old wife and 2 little girls. 90% of the time I don't leave my home, and hate being around a bunch of stupid people, but even I realize that I have to leave from time to time to atleast allow my family to feel normal. I worry about bad people watching me or reporting me as healthy or cured all of a sudden, but I don't want to live my life worried so much all the time. I am 6'3 200lb and athletic looking missing no Limbs, so I get the stare all the time when we park in a Handicap spot. My wife gets so embarrassed and angry, that most of the time she hides the Blue Handicap Plaque and it drives me crazy. You and us all deserve what we get, and if we didn't then the bad folks and lazy people in the world would just take them from us. Good luck and God Bless


Remember that in the end, your family is all you Got my Friend!!!!

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