“Cutting Off Your Nose to Spite Your Face”

There are times our tempers get out of control and we won’t do something for our own good because of our own stubbornness. I’ve seen several veterans that are eligible for benefits who give up because they were denied the first time they applied. They get angry and refuse to pursue it further. That’s sad. The person they were asking may not have been responding accurately. I’ve also seen times when the person they were asking simply refused to proceed with the request. Instead of providing good service, it turns into a power play.

I’m convinced that many government agencies deny benefits on a routine basis simply to see if the applicant has the moxie to follow through appealing the denial and will fight to get what he or she is entitled to. It’s easier to quit and put on your victim’s hat than take that next step and work at getting what’s owed you. It’s financially profitable for them if the veteran refuses to take the next step.

Sometimes we may need to do that; we’re too sick or tired to continue fighting. But, if we do it just because we are tired of dealing with the stupidity of others, then we’re just cutting off our noses to spite our faces. There is merit in the old saying, “if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.” Don’t take no for an answer until you’re sure the answer is the correct one. Get the benefits you’re entitled to; don’t let pride stand in your way!


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