Page 6 – Finding Help
Wednesday, July 17 Dad SocSec & VA
We went to the Social Security office in Sandston to check Dad’s benefits and get a printout of them. Wait wasn’t too bad and the guy was very friendly and helpful. A+ experience.
I am speaking specifically about the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center.
After being directed to the wrong place by the info desk we finally found our way to the Virginia Department of Veterans Services office there. The office seems to be basically 2 rooms. You aren’t invited in, instead you have to talk to them while standing in the hallway behind a 1/2 door. The guy I was talking to never got up from his desk, he stayed there kicked back in his chair with his hands behind his head. I inquired about what kind of benefits my Dad could get, he asked what is income was and I said $1,900 a month Social Security. He said that was too much and he couldn’t get anything. I responded with something like, “So he is a wartime vet and y’all aren’t gonna help him?” His boss, eavesdropping from them other room comes out. He wants to know if we are applying for medical benefits and I reply “No he has Medicare. My Dad has Alzheimer’s and I want to know what kind to respite or long term care assistance he is eligible for”. Basically he said he isn’t but you can come here for medical care. We live 45 minutes away with no traffic. It can be twice that around morning and evening rush hour. I’m not driving there for care he can receive 10 minutes away for the same cost.
My experience with them was obviously not good and I would like to personally tell them both to kiss my ass. The dude that wouldn’t get out of his chair can go fuck himself. If my wife and Dad weren’t there I would have said it to their faces.
The search continues…