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Thanks JD for the clarification, I appreciate your sacrifice.
Note, I get zero money or disability, I must earn enough money to pay for my problems. hehehe
I am wandering, if I got this medical treatment inside the USA, the Insurance companies would all have records. I suppose one great reason to come over to the Philippines is to keep the known problems off the books.
I made the choice to ride the motorcycle, I took the risk, I am paying the price today as I did when I got to walk around on my armpits for a year. (Crutches)
My goal in the post was to allow an American Veteran to know there is another choice, another option than to pay the high cost of living in the USA.
There is a "buy American" or "use American" mentality that prevails even with my Factory Worker, Factory Union Worker Mother and Family.
Truthfully, in my do good for the world mentality, the last thing I want to do is buy American to help the planet earth. I want to distribute the money to the poor countries like the Philippines.
I on the other hand give only 5 pesos as a tip at the VFW restaurant, these people need to remember they are in the Philippines, when they lose their job because all the VETS die, they need to live within the real society.
Fun stuff, but not as simple as being a patriot American.
Spend your money wisely, do not overpay, making the best use of your money is the free enterprise system at work. The Doctors in the USA need to compete with the Doctors in the Philippines to keep them from gouge collecting money.
Hmm, maybe the insurance companies can send people to the Philippines.
I encourage the down to earth, good people of the planet to come to the Philippines and help another country change their culture.
Ummmm, I wondered if you would antagonize any Vets with your ill advised post. I see JD has set you straight on the disabled veteran issue. Better brush up on your Tagalog or hop a bus out of town. After that faux pas maybe you won't be so welcome at the Bauang VFW...
It seems to me you are second guessing the doctors. You have a diagnosis, you have a course of treatment, which you decided to discontinue because of transportation difficulties.
The doctors have told you it isn't the cause of your pain, but you persist.
if you think the cyst is the problem why not have an elective surgery to remove it?
The insurance industry is already experimenting with sending people overseas for cheaper treatment. Competition is the answer!
I have not said or done anything wrong, I do not apologize for my writing.
Maybe I use the wrong numbers, not the wrong theories.
100 percent is 2673.00
Add that with any Social Security or Pension and they may be at 6000 per month.
These men are the same as any other men.I thank them and appreciate their sacrifice.
I have been to Iraq, I have seen the wars, I have learned what is needed learned about the Global situation. War will always exist, and somebody will always die.
Callous, no this is reality.
I hope they all enjoy their lives
If a Vet cannot accept reality of war, then who can...
Hoz, I have a Charlie Foxtrot diagnose.
You are Filipino, I would hope you understand your own culture...
"It seems to me you are second guessing the doctors. You have a diagnosis, you have a course of treatment, which you decided to discontinue because of transportation difficulties.
Damn right I am not just going to trust a Doctor. I know my body and can go to places like Iraq, Africa and the Philippines because I can judge people great.
I say I have a nodule, or cyst, they keep saying to me this is not the problem.
Espinosa the Neural guy sends me to MRI
I get the MRI, they say I have a bulge impinging on nerve.
They send me to Doctor Chiu, the Orthopedic Doctor.
Doctor Chiu makes me do many movements with my body and says if you have this, then you cannot do these exercises.
I go to Doctor Acacio the Physical Therapist who now says I have Piriformis, why, because I said I think I have Piriformis Syndrome.
They want to give me Ultrasound and other ways to get pain to stop.
I do not give a crap about the pain,
I need a solution I can do anywhere, not in a Physical Therapy office, the person who they wanted to give me Therapy did not speak English, that would be educational.
Doctor Chiu does not know what Piriformis Syndrome is, and if he does, he does not understand my English, but this is not important, I do.
Acacio does, and she is the solution, not the diagnose, but she does not give me Therapy, some 200 peso per day person does, who is he or she?
I went today to get an X-ray, I got it.
This is not the best of the best Doctors, this is the Philippines, this is not Saint Lukes, this is the San Fernando Hospital in boom F, Egypt Philippines.
The last thing a person should ever do in the Philippine is just trust a Philippines person.
I am told that daily by expat, if not twice daily.
But I have met a lot of these guys. Especially the ones in Angeles City. They are mostly decent folks that have earned every penny. However 95 percent are not living in AC because they can not afford to live in the states and are banished to foreign lands They are here because they still have life in them and they want to enjoy it.
"You fought in 2 wars and would like to enjoy a few cigarettes and a couple of beers"? says the 22 year old female bartender at a TGIF restaurant in Anywhere,USA ?
OK one or two Blueberry Pale Ales or Snuffy McGritty's Indian style pale ale old man ? and you'll have to smoke outside in the snow storm and take a 20 dollar cab ride home if you plan on having 3 beers and the second you can me "TOOTS" I'm calling the police again !
Hell, with the meds you got to take because of the shrapnel still left in your back from WWII you better only have one and get home before dark. Matlock comes on at 6pm and 60 minutes follows that if your still awake she says........
Nope their here because they enjoy life and are not going to be told they can not be a man anymore.
Simple as that. Money issues aside. Life is pretty dam good in the Philippines when your a VET surrounded by many friends and if you lived through your armed service contract and get a decent check+ SS and or pension over $1,500 combined or more life is really good. Not such a good deal if you didn't if you live and your spending eternity down the road in the Clark AFB Cemetery. But even those guys that didn't make it would rather be bushing up palm trees rather than fertilizing some run down public drinking area called a cemetary in many USA cities and having thier gaves pissed
Semper Fi brothers...Carry on.
and don't forget to tip the waitresses more than 5 peso's after a few rounds.
You won't here many nursing a 50 cent San Miguel that is outstanding summer beer
Thanks Chuck, some more clarity on this issue that is not the topic.
In my opinion, the goal of writing it to get people to think.
JD is smart, I know him personally, he is a good guy, about 65. I could push his buttons in second, he is living a war of his own, these buttons are still easy to find, if not too easy.
He made a long... comment.
The reason allow comments is for people to correct me, disagree with me, answer my proposals, and to allow them to think.
Some of these Expats NEED to think, they need a project, they need a place where they can vent or talk out issues.
Someone out there is doing a Google right not, they wll find my page, they will hate me, but they will find the Disabled American Vets in Baguio at the Red Lion Inn, in the VFW in Bauang, the VFW in Subic, the VFW in Angeles.
I do not want the love of the American Vets, I do not want the love of readers. I want the love of real people in my daily life who I respect.
One of my many goals in a post will be accomplished, to allow a soldier to find his home away from home by finding this post, then finding JD. The will for sure shoot the messenger.
I will be off to Africa, South America, they will still be here fighting their wars.
I think if you join this Yahoo Groups thing, they can give you all the advice you need.
Andy in Bauang and Baguio Philippines Sept 2009