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to get a wee personal here...  I was born in the US, but never really lived there.  I lived in Scotland from age 4 until I went off to uni at 18.  I attended Southwest Texas State, which is now called Texas State.  I joined CID after I graduated and was posted in Germany from 1998 through 2009, when I retired.  I've been here 33 years.  Long time.

I have been giving it thought over the years.  I'm 57 and will most like die here.  I have no family in the US and my children live here as well. 

I could easily contact the VA, DFAS, Tricare, etc., to understand what happens if I became German.  I would need to inquire in written from to have the proper responses written.  But once that door's been opened, there is no turning back.

So, to ask the hive mind:  Does anyone have knowledge in this?  Would I loose my benefits?  I believe I would be able to keep my retire pay, but VA and Tricare?  I don't know.

Reasons:  Well, they are many.  I have to file two income tax returns each year and the US Government gets to take a portion.  I live here and cannot vote.  There are certain things I cannot do so long as I remain a US citizen.  I am definitely not anti-US, so please do not go there.  I had a grand job for 21 years and enjoyed not only serving the US but the friends I made.  Although I feel loyalty to Scotland and the UK, I am and will remain loyal to the US.  Shite, to a degree I owe a wee loyalty to Germany as well.

Through former colleagues, I do know that I would be placed on a watch list by the FBI.  The US Government does not like their citizens to leave.

Looking forward to responses.

Cheers!

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Great question.  You can live outside the US, but Im not sure you want to give up US Citizenship.We have some Vets who get benefits and dont live here.  

Remember, if you do live outside the US, there are often problems, such as c and p exams, continuation of treatment docuementation, etc.  While I thought about it, I rejected the idea.  Oh, sure, it sounds great.  There are many countries where our compensations is a lot of money, and you can even hire servants.  But, there are always drawbacks, and many dont consider those.  You should save up for a flight back to America once every year or so, because there may well be some things which prove very difficult or impossible overseas.  

 

Rather than me shoot from the hip, this is what a law firm says:

https://www.woodslawyers.com/va-benefits-disabled-veterans-living-overseas/

 

 

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I would talk to immigration! Also I would explore duel citizenship! There are a lot of American military expats living abroad! Some have retired visas and working visas! Every country is different! I would start with the American embassy in Germany! 

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On 9/14/2021 at 9:27 PM, broncovet said:

Great question.  You can live outside the US, but Im not sure you want to give up US Citizenship.We have some Vets who get benefits and dont live here.  

Remember, if you do live outside the US, there are often problems, such as c and p exams, continuation of treatment docuementation, etc.  While I thought about it, I rejected the idea.  Oh, sure, it sounds great.  There are many countries where our compensations is a lot of money, and you can even hire servants.  But, there are always drawbacks, and many dont consider those.  You should save up for a flight back to America once every year or so, because there may well be some things which prove very difficult or impossible overseas.  

 

Rather than me shoot from the hip, this is what a law firm says:

https://www.woodslawyers.com/va-benefits-disabled-veterans-living-overseas/

 

 

The last time I was in the US, was 12 years ago.  To be honest, nothing proves difficult here.  I say that BroncoVet, but it could also be where I live.  Other countries could pose more difficult.  C&P exams are not difficult at all here.  I've traveled to Augsburg twice (hour by train) and Stuttgart once (about 1:45 by train).  Due to the Euro / Dollar exchange rate presently, the dollar is slightly weaker.  Due to not having lived in the US for anything longer than about 2, four-year stints, nothing is difficult or impossible. 

Just seems counter-intuitive to keep a passport for a country I haven't lived in for 33 years and never will.

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