Many of you are aware of the time spent waiting by U.S. veterans. I served 8 years of active duty service to country. I wouldn’t say that being a veteran entitles me to special priveleges in life. As a civilian now for the past 25 years I have attempted to file claims for primary and secondary physical conditions.
Like the lady in the above picture as a veteran, you sit and wait. Like we used to say in the army, “hurry up and wait”. This being on pins and needles waiting for a verdict can lead a person to all kinds of thoughts and bad intentions. We all are aware of the high-rate of suicide among veterans. And the numbers of young people taking their own lives seems to be getting worse.
I recently received notice of one of my open claims. I was able to receive and upgrade in percentage from one and denied on the other. A win is a win, no matter how small. The regional veterans affairs office took a really short time to come to a decision on my case.
Now if only they can finish with my existing appeal. I can simply wait and hope for a positive decision in my favor.
In Florida for this year’s midterm elections of 2018 citizens were able to vote early. The early vote timeframe in Florida was 10/22/2018-11/04/2018. I voted within this time on 10/24 at an early voting location at North Tampa Library on North Boulevard in Tampa.
There were campaign signs outside the location. No protesting. The voting location was in an auditorium type room with a place to check in via government approved identification.
I used my concealed carry license as identification. Yes, a firearms license is legal identification for voting along with driver’s license, US passport and several others. Evidently these identification allowances gives citizens the right to vote early and on thr actual day of the election. My name waa located on the registry by a poll worker.
I was then handed a ballot and used a privacy booth that was setup along the interior of the polling place. Here is a picture I took of my ballot and how I voted fot several offices. Notice there not being anything confusing about my ballot. Unlike the ballots of Palm Beach county and the treachery laden offices of Broward county.
That’s me hanging out all by myself with my trusty Smith and Wesson Compact 9mm on my side. I did three laps around the interior of the mall. Gladly walking in a controlled environment helps with my bad knees. Unfortunately, to go along with my bad knees is my multi-fractured spine. Yea, those days of running and jumping have taken their toll. Who dares wins, right?!