ex sailorette

A disabled navy veteran's attempts to help a friend

Friday, May 26, 2006

Eve with the babies, Clyde is the daddy


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Aren't they cute. On a more serious note, wanted to relay some news. If you are a veteran and are having trouble getting your benefits, listen carefully because I've been there, it took me 18 years to get all my benefits and it wasn't until I decided to go to elected officials that I finally got from the VA what was due me. I first tried to go to my Senator Barack Obama but his office just took my info and said they would send a letter to the VA stating this was a case they were interested in then they told me they couldn't do anymore for me. Feeling desperate because my appeal had been in the Regional office for more than 2 years, I turned to my state representative Rich Myers who's office was very helpful, they in turn got me hooked up with Congressman LaHood who in less than 2 months got me my benefits. I am forever grateful to Mr. Myers and Mr. LaHood for their assistance and all the people in their office who helped with my case. You need to know, that if you are a veteran fighting for benefits and are denied the first time around, you must appeal, the VA almost always denies the first round in hopes that you won't appeal, you must appeal and you must stay on the VA about your case or it will get lost in the many mounds of paperwork they have piling up by the day. If your appeal seems to be lingering, ask for a decision review officer to hear your case and then go to your elected officials for help and, you should have a favorable outcome but, you have to stick to your guns and not let the VA walk all over you, they did that to me for too many years, good luck and if you need any help beyond what I've given you, just comment back and I will see what I can do. You all have a nice day and enjoy the pic of the babies.

all the babies, including the bipod, ha ha


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Now tell me, isn't Jill really cheesing for this photo, I think so. Just wanted to take a minute to say hey and post a new pic, hope you like it. From L to R is Jack, Jill, Muffy, my little boy and the baby Clyde. Clyde became a daddy on the 4th of April, his girl had 4 baby girls and they are addorable, will post a pic of the babies today for your viewing pleasure. Am doing well, my back has recovered though my knees are giving me trouble but thats just status quo. Will be going on vacation to Florida on June 1st, so, wish me a safe trip.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

two tired babies


two tired babies
Originally uploaded by fleet765.
Hey Guys and Gals
I know it's been a long time but a lot has gone on. Have been haveing a lot of problems with my back, this most recent problem left me in bed for the first 2 days and before and after I have had to deal with a very serious problem. I took in a 15 year old boy in December who was being physically abused by his parents then I found out in April he was sexually abusing my 7 year old (I have had him for 3 years). I had to call DCFS and the police and nothing came of the first round because there was just allegations of kissing on the lips and hugging and the 15 year old was claiming blackouts. Approx. a month later I found out that it had gone further, had to question the 7 year old again and found out it had gone further and was much more serious. 2 weeks ago we went to the child advocacy center with a police investigator and the DCFS rep. and the 7 year old told all that went on. Had to get a restraining order against the 15 year old. Found out today the 15 year old confessed yesterday and was arrested for criminal sexual abuse and since he is on probation, looks like he will get some jail time for this one. Meanwhile I have to wait till the 31st. to go to the court and get the restraining order for 2 years, it is my hope that the 15 year old won't contest it. DCFS will be at my house tomorrow with a caseworker for me and the little one and they will pay for his counseling so, to say the least I am very stressed. The 7 year old seems to be handling everything very well but I think counseling will still do him some good. On a brighter note, Jack is doing much, much better, he can do 3 steps now and today he stood up on his hind legs and he hasn't done that in several months, looks like he may not need surgery, provided he doesn't have another fall or injury of some kind. Just got a new camera so am hoping to add more pictures soon. Thanks for the ear and if any of you out there have a kind heart and try to help a teen in trouble please be careful and get the full story before proceeding with whatever help you feel compelled to give, I didn't know at the time this boy had been sexually abused himself, had I known it would have made a big difference. Everybody take it easy and I'll try to be more diligent about my blogging. Bye for now ex-sailorette

Friday, October 14, 2005

such a sweet couple


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Originally uploaded by fleet765.
Hi folks, I realize I haven't blogged in quite sometime so let me just let you know that jack is doing great but this blog is about me. I am a disabled veteran and have been fighting for some benefits I am entitiled to for the past 2 years. Those of you in the VA system know this is not an easy feat which explains the 2 years. If you are fighting the VA for benefits my advise to you is to get your local government into it. I contacted my Senator then a congressman who got me in contact with another congressman and things are finally starting to move right along. I was initially denied my benefits and the appeal is what is taking so long though it was a year before they addressed the initial claim. At any rate I just want you to know that there is help out there for the vets who are fighting on their own. Contact a service officer as well and sign over your Power of Attorney so they can fight for you too, believe it or not some do fight for you. My service officer is with the Illinois Dept. of Veterans Affairs and works in Chicago in the Regional Office there which makes a big difference. I requested a hearing with the Decision Review Officer and if a decision is not made by Nov. 8th it is off to Chicago for me. For those of you who pray, your prays would be welcomed here because I'm not quite sure I can physically handle a trip to Chicago. You all have a great weekend and as I hear more I will keep you informed.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

really tired jack


really tired jack
Originally uploaded by fleet765.
I know I need some new and different pics but I really love my dogs so I feel compelled to share them with you as much as possible. A lot has changed since I last blogged anything so, here goes. Jack is doing great, he is moving both hind legs independent of each other vs. together. My brother and I just purchased our first motorhome, a 26ft coachman ambassador, fully loaded and ready for some camping and fishing trips eventhough the season for that is almost over but, it has heat so I think we'll be OK. The VA doctors in all the infinite wisdom have decided not to fix my back or my knees although I did learn I won't have to wait another 15 to 20 years for my knees. The other Doc said I have at the most 7 years left but he's betting on only 5, we'll just have to wait and see and in the meantime it is a pain I have to deal with, wish me luck. Those bloggers of you in the Monmouth area should come to the auction on Sunday's, they sure are fun and I've always enjoyed myself not to mention you can get a lot of really neat stuff. At any rate hope all is going well with everyone, keep me and jack in you thoughts and prayers if you do that sort of thing, it would be greatly appreciated. Have a great week.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

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Well, I did it, I went to the Prime Beef Festival Parade and to my surprise, it wasn't that bad, I really liked the camel, I personally thought it was a nice change. I found the school floats to be well done this year and with the exception that all the cow heads were about 10 times smaller then they should have been they were cute. The kids really enjoyed the parade when they weren't being mowed over by 4 boys sitting beside us going for the candy that was being thrown. I was surprised that there weren't near as many horses that have been bring up the rear for so many years before, there was less than 10 full size horses when in the past I would estimate 20 or more and the miniture horses were just too cute. The highlight of the parade for me was the Monmouth College Band since I graduated from Monmouth College and in all my years the College has never had a band in the parade, I loved it. I must say though that the Monmouth Roseville High School Titan's band needs a lot of work, they were truly disappointing, in my opinion the Jr. High was better then they were, go figure. All in all, the parade was nice, it was good to get out of the house and do something with the kids and I am looking forward to going to the fair tonight and hopefully the demolition derby on Sat. The highlight of the fair will be tomorrow though as the kids will scramble to catch a chicken for a dollar and a pig I think for 5 dollars. I do however feel sorry for the calf that they glue tags to for the kids to rip off for money, personally I always enjoyed the calf scramble, thinking or at least feeling it was less painful for the calf. I bet those of you who are reading this can't tell I'm from a small rural community ha ha. At any rate, barring any complications with physical ailments I plan on having a good time even though it will be from a wheelchair. You all have a good day and thanks for reading my blog.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

I'm Back


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Hey folks, I'm back again, been real busy, my appt. with a neurosurgeon for myself is on the 1st of Sep at the VA I will learn then when and if they are going to do back surgery to get things rolling. If they do surgery, my friend Leucanthemum b has graciously agreed to stop her world for a day or 2 and be my
driver to and from the hosp for which I am eternally grateful. Have you ever noticed there at times is so much going on you feel like you can't catch your breath and other times there's nothing going on and your bored to death thank God for my dogs or I would go even more nuts than I already am. Jack is well, getting better by the day, has been off the prednisone for more than a week now and does not appear to be regressing at all though he is getting quite impatient with the crate rest. I still need to raise the money though for his back surgery though and if you can help it would be appreciated just go to paypal.com click on send money and type in fleet765. By the way, how many of us are glad school is back in session, I for one am elated, though I love these kids to death I need a break and I look forward to helping them with things like school work vs. finding something for them to do to curb the boredom. I feel like I spent most of the summer saying go play, what about your video games, go swimming, what do you want me to do. Some things I said so many times I needed to take a nap ha ha. I decided toward the end of the summer I was going to change my name that way when they called for me they wouldn't get me,mainly because I wasn't going to give them my new name ha ha. Well enough of that folks, hope your summer went well and I will keep you informed about whats happening with me and Jack. Thanks for listening to me and have a great day.

Friday, August 19, 2005

such a sweet couple


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Originally uploaded by fleet765.
Well folks I'm back after a week of comp. troubles then a condition I had forgotten about until it hit me again just a few days ago. I have reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD). I don't know too much about it except it always sets itself up in my food and is very painful so at the current moment I am sporting a moonboot and doing desenthasizing routines to help the condition to go in remission until then its just a bunch of pain and irritation. Jack is doing well, he is off the prednisone and still ambulatory though not as wobbly. Jill is getting along well without him there all the time seeings how hes still crated with 5 weeks to go and he is being quite good about that. He does have his moments when the barking seems non-stop but all in all he doesn't bark long and he is doing much better. Again, if you want to help with his surgery go to paypal.com click on send money and type in fleet765 anything you can give would be a great help, thanks folks and have a good day.