I finally did it...
Today I was put into the VA health care system. My hearing aids (issued in September of '92) are shot and I need new ones. They can't be repaired (one audiologist told me I was using the equivalent of an 8 track tape player in a world full of I-pods) The cost of replacement is sky high so to the government I go. You do what you have to.
I've dragged my feet on this over the years, ostensibly for different reasons at various times but the honest-to-God REAL reason is this: I've always felt the size of the money pie that the VA can cut into is limited. Therefore a soldier or marine who had his hand blown off in (pick your country) should have priority over a sub sailor whose job was too noisy at a time when there was no such thing as a hearing conservation program and EVERYBODY knew that if you stayed on subs long enough your hearing would suffer. It was expected and accepted!
But my kids need a father whom they can actually talk to without constant repetition, their father needs to hear them at all times. So for selfish reasons like that I got into the VA system.
Going down to the facility in Dallas this morning only made me feel justified in how long I waited. There are a lot of people there still dealing with mementos and souvenirs of Korea, Viet Nam, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.
I know I did the right thing by signing up for new hearing aids, I'm still coming to grips with finally doing it.
I understand. Children will affect everything you do once you have them.
God bless Admiral. No red blooded American has any problem paying more taxes for that kind of service. As a matter of fact, I insist.
I know how expensive those things are. The last ones I brought cost $1500.00 a piece. My insurance covered only $300.00 of it.
You sacrificed your hearing by serving in the military. That you did so knowingly in what was a routine part of your job doesn't matter; you are as deserving of hearing aids as any wounded vet is of prosthetics. And it makes me happy to know that some small fraction of my tax dollars are paying for things like you being able to hear your child better.
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