2022-10-04 - 4:55 p.m.
So being honest when VEC asked "Did you turn down any work this week? Why?"
I get a Determination from Deputy letter stating
" Based on the facts obtained in connection with this claim for unemployment insurance benefits filed effective 7.17.2022 the undersigned deputy ...renders the following decision.
The Claimant is denied benefits from 09/11/2022 through 09/17 2022.
The claimant was/is out of town and not available for work during the above period."
NO I was SEEKING AND INTERVIEWED FOR FULL TIME JOBS to work that Monday through Friday
VEC is so very frustrating.
I meant I could not work at all on that day rather than just take off the hour for the funeral as I had to also drive hours there and back so missed my WHOLE shift that starts at 2:30 as I went to a 3pm funeral.
DAMN they don't read.
So once again I have to go on line and navigate the troublesome website to file yet another appeal of that wrong decision for a benefit of perhaps a couple hundred dolalrs only.
YET I have not yet been awarded one penny in VA unemployment. Not sure what the hold up still is.
So much for them promising to process and pay benefits within 21 days of a claim filed.
Well past that now.
Filed in July and here it is OCTOBER and not one penny in help received.
I went to the office of social services, primarily as had my adult kid with chronic illness who has a medicaiton that costs $450 per month in a COPAY from the crappy insurance we have to see if there is a way to get disability services. Figure at this point may as well apply for some help for the kid. Maybe they will get some medical care medicare or medicade (I forget which is which- one is for disabled and those with needs who are NOT old persons, and the other for elderly primarily I believe.)
I mean it is concerning when there is overactive cell growth and high lymphocytes with mastocysosis which could turn into a leukemia or other cancer. I mean mastocysosis really IS unusual cell growth which is not always dangerous but you know the actual definition of abnormal cell growth is actually cancer so could be dangerous.
So we got that application in;
OH the start of the day was that my kid wanted to go to the one Dr. to confirm the result of lab work was sent. That was the first stop. My kid just wanted to show up rather than navigate calling. Phone conversations are intimidating to this kid. I get it. So after driving there and scheduling a follow up ( yes the labs to be sent from the lab and other Doctor DID arrive thankfully!).
We owe this specialist some money. Insurance copays are adding up. I am happy she keeps seeing both kids but I really want to pay that bill in particular as soon as can.
Medical co pays are about $1000 past due at this point since being out of work. Our costs are about $300 to 400 a month in copays.
So it made sense to complete the TANF- Temp Assistance for Needy Families since income is less than cost of basic living expenses.
So then my kid DID want to go to the VA Workforce office. The person sent us to an of DAR its the same office I sent an email to my kid and tried to talk to my kid about a year ago.
So that is much progress in thinking more openly about possibilities and not stuck in the fixed thinking of "I can't" and not open to considering possibilities and seeing what is out there which is where this kid was at a year ago.
I totally agree the medical issues need to be stable before considering work- yet to a point. There are so many complicated medical issues that will always need ongoing care in those with chronic illness that can't expect to have all resolved
So that is where job assistance will help! They can help find employers with positions that do accommodate physical limitations.
They also may have relationships and know who are good employers who neither infantilize or disrespect disabled adult workers.
So that was really great progress that my kid went into the DAR office once we then found it. The talk of working at Home Depot was the catalyst for me asking if my kid was up to go into the social services office to see what support might be available. I initially was thinking of the job support but then thought- heck while here apply for both medical and TANF and SNAP since I am reliant on local food pantries and my income, although working part time, is too low to pay basic needs.
I have a new lock to install which should not take long! YEAH!
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