Final day as SGT and Mrs Joubert
Officially as of midnight, however, we are civilians. How cool! We got as cake for daddy that said "I'm Free!" We try to make light of the moment. It's a bittersweet moment. 18 1/2 years of serving and he is left diabled and trying to figure out what he can do for the rest of his working years. He was an electrical/ electronic engineer. He can no longer use tools in his right hand. He worked as a truck driver as well. But can no longer lift. Some days he can't lifet his leg up to the curb. He can't take caps off jars never mind use hand tools.
We are settling in little by little. Its been rough at times. We had to get a smaller apartment than we really need because we wanted to make sure of what we could afford. Well we are a close family. Good thing. We attemped going to the VA on Wednesday. We drove 2 1/2 hours to St Petersburg for basically nothing. He put his claim in in Hawaii and nothing has showed up yet. Until he is officially out (today) nothing really gets done. Even though he has been gone from the army for over a month He's been on terminal leave so it didn't count. Then Thursday we went to Orlando to the clinic so Dave could get his meds and find out about the surgery he needs. Yeah right. Forms to fill out and a we'll cal you to come in for a 2 hour class before we will issue you your medical card and assign you a doctor. THEN we find out unless they rate him at 100% we will get nothing in the form of benefits. Of course we will fight for 100%. Many days he can't even tie his own shoes because of his back and he can't do much with his right hand as they left him with it broken. Boy I have some letters to write this week. We were waiting until he as out because we have a lot to say to our congressman and we are naming names! So it's been a bit stressful to say the least. I feel bad because I know it is affecting the girls a lot. Their room is small and they can't play like they used to. I need to get school going this week and find the library etc. They need to go back to something resembling normal but I am not sure what that is anymore. We have to figure out jobs and such now. Dave did apply for a bus drivers job. Motor Coach for a big company. It wouldn't involve lifting so that is good. He will never make the money he used to but he is limited what he can do. Once the VA rates his disability which will take up to 8 months we will start to get money from them. But until then we will make due. At least this company he spoke to has good enefits. He already has his CDL lic. so he was told once he comes in the job would be his. I just pray they still feel that way when they find out he is a disabled vet.
Well so much for starting our new life. Its a bit scary some days. But there are SO many jobs here. Not big paying ones but lots and lots to choose from. I am hoping to go to Disney to apply once he knows what hours he will be working. Such a big change for the girls. I have always been home. They will have time to bond more with daddy while I work. NOw I have to get doctors established and get the girls feeliong at home again. They are so good with "rolling with it". Luckily they like it here. They like the area (it is really nice), and the weather is like Hawaii. Plus we took them to Sea World Sat. They loved that and knowing that they will get to go to these things more than most kids. Once we get all that is coming to us from the Army we can get annual passes to Disney. That will be loads of fun!Well I'm off for my glass of wine on my balcony. At least that dream had become reality. We have a beautiful water fountain in the lake behind the house. It is lit at night. I like to sit and listen to the wildlife. I heard baby alligators the other day. Pretty neat!