Friday, July 8, 2011

Tackling an Assault Course

After struggling to deal with issues with the VA over the past weeks, I suddenly had this vision of a Military Assault Course. You know, the things where you have to run up sheer walls, traverse wires like a squirrel on speed and crawl on your belly with a face-full of mud. The military are very creative when making these assault courses. They are said to build stamina and agility.
Well, dealing with the VA is very much like tackling an assault course. The main difference is that while on an actual assault course, you have a crowd of buddies cheering you on, and you can actually see the end of the course, no matter how unlikely it feels that you will get there. You know that with skill, training, perseverance and the support of your buddies, you can make it to the end.
When dealing with the VA none of this happens. No one is cheering you on. No one shows you the end of the course. If, by some miracle, you actually climb the final wall, they quickly place another array of objects which have to be scrambled over or under or through before you get to the end. In the very unlikely event that you do actually make it to the end, you will find someone standing with a stop-watch, telling you that you were not fast enough at the second stage and you will have to do it all again.
This all comes down to the simple fact that they do not want us to succeed. Veterans and their caregivers must never be allowed to think for one moment that they have arrived. There must be no suggestion that the last hurdle has been overcome or the last problem dealt with.
If I had to chose between dealing with the VA either in person or via the telephone or running through an assault course, just give me the assault course every time. I would haul my aching bones to the end, one way or another because I know that at the very least, no one is going to move the last wall and when I have climbed it, I have arrived!


  1. one is real. it may not be right or fair, it may be painful but it's real. the mind can cope.

    one is illusion. it is scattered with lies and detritus and another kind of fear for life. the mind eventually snaps.

    in basic training we played war games. i was the last 'captured'. it was with lasers. it was in snow in Jersey in December. i picked off even my DS. i had crawled under wet leaves and buried myself in the snow. only when he called me out DS Pitt, i remember him well, did i come out of cover. nothing on me moved but my eyes and one finger. there was quiet.

    i tell you this because this mess is creating suffering. if you can find a still point to think and get quiet inside that will probably be your best tool/weapon. feeling constantly assaulted by the help is worthy of a new plan of 'attack'. until we have that in hand keep writing and talking. i will do the same.

  2. Planning new attacks right now.

  3. This is such a good description of the layers that are put in place to make it more difficult. This is not a game. This is not the right thing to do for those who served. Thank you for bringing it to the attention of all of us, and we will spread the word. America really needs to understand that there is so much at stake. Bless you! ! !