All this time I thought I was being discriminated against with the VA denying my request for a greenhouse. Member Bruce (Tip of the ILP Spear) in Georgia sends us this by way of explanation. It’s all been a huge misunderstanding on my part all this time. Remember kids-semantics is king at the VA. Always read the fine print and you’ll find why you were denied.
VA is adroit at camouflaging their programs such that you can apply until you are blue in the face. This doesn’t change anything and, in fact, they often have the audacity to tell you not to give up and come back later for another dental rearrangement in the future. Given enough Valium, we can be taught to smile while we recite by rote “Please, sir. May I have another denial?”
Hidden way back on page 16, is the giveaway carefully inserted to be as innocuous as possible:
The Independent Living program is to make sure that each eligible veteran is able, to the maximum extent possible, to live independently and participate in family and community life increasing their potential to return to work. Services may include the following:
Specialized medical, health, and / or rehabilitation services
Services to address any personal and / or family adjustment issues
Independent living skills training
Connection with community-based support services
Veteran’s whose service-connected disabilities are so severe they are currently unable to purse an employment goal.
Now parse the wording of 38 USC § 3120 (e) (1):
(1) Programs of independent living services and assistance shall be initiated for no more than 2,700 veterans in each fiscal year, and the first priority in the provision of such programs shall be afforded to veterans for whom the reasonable feasibility of achieving a vocational goal is precluded solely as a result of a service-connected disability.
Turning to Miriam Webster’s Essential VA translator:
transitive verb \pri-ˈklüd\
: to make (something) impossible : to prevent (something) from happening
: to prevent (someone) from doing something
Seems there is some disagreement on what ILP is and is not. My enlightened Vocational Rehabilitation Parole Officer insists it means that if you aren’t going back to work, you get can grabbers for the top shelf, thingamajiggies to pull your socks up with, a cordless phone to use as a device when you fall down and are having trouble getting back up and the like.
Now, let’s see how the Tip of the Spear krewe do it back in Georgia. Bruce insists this is a “small” version of the Texas-size greenhouse. He didn’t want to appear greedy.
Seems VA is fumigating my anal sphincter. If you recall, VA was calling these greenhouses back in March of this year and insisting I had more than I knew what to do with:
For the record, VA insists these are my four greenhouses. If I paint my house green, I’ll have five.