The reporter tells us he isn’t sure of the exact direction of the story but he is interested in learning more about the kinds of support the government and VA gives caregivers. We went to a non-working dinner with him Friday night and spent Saturday on our back deck detailing the time line of the injuries, our families’ friendships and the devastation of Cleve’s death.
It was emotional.
When I tell the story from start to finish the memories and loss come flooding back. The fights, the grief, the moments of hope, the disappointments of Bryan’s medical care not being covered—it’s all there. I have never had a reporter sit and listen for hours to our story. I have never had someone interested enough to want to tell our story and change the way wounded warriors are treated so other families don’t have to suffer.
I hope his story does some good. When my husband was lying in the hospital bed at Walter Reed I asked point blank if his medical needs would be taken care of. Doctors promised they would.
We are now appealing our case to Medicare because the wording on the bill was incorrect. Tricare won’t pay either for the same reason. Now, we have $35,000 in unpaid medical bills arriving at our house on a daily basis.
This has to change and stop for others.
During our talk with the reporter, listening to Karie relive the same emotions I felt was painful. I felt like my chest was closing up and I couldn’t breathe. My heart was pounding . She is doing so well but she will never get over what happened to her husband.
The reporter eventually asked the question that they all ask: “What do you see for your future?”
This question always stops me in my tracks. We have been simply surviving for so long that the future is measured in seconds, minutes, hours, or days. I have ideas of what I want to do in the future but it’s hard to see the forest for the trees.
My sole focus right now is to get Tricare to pay his medical bills. Then I can breathe. Eventually, I want to earn my master’s degree. Bryan has also expressed interest in attending school but who really knows? Things, for the most part, have been stable for over a year. But there always seems to be something that pops up and zaps every ounce of our stability and peace.
I am looking forward to reading this reporter’s article. I hope it opens it helps to show the VA and the DoD what is really going on with our wounded warriors.
We need more support—period.