[audio-pals] Re: FW: VR Counselor is Horrible

  • From: Thomas McMahan <thomas.mcmahan@xxxxxxx>
  • To: audio-pals@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 03:28:23 -0500

See what happens when you get on to Facebook?  Never know who you will find 
around there *lol*.  

Was a good chat though.  

I had the messenger online earlier tonight but unfortunately was doing some 
other stuff with the computer besides e-mailing into the growp here and 
annoying the rest of the members.  But I have finished all of that and solved 
some of why I was getting so much mail in my junk box, and hopefully will have 
even less of it later today, then maybe won’t have to go in there and check it 
so much for legit mail.  Sometimes you have to go in on the web with GMX 
accounts and train them a little as to what is junk and what isn’t.  But have 
finally figured out that interface now to a workable degree.  Now using the Mac 
in there is actually easier than using the linux box.  

Hope your day went okay over there, am guessing it’s moving along into evening 
maybe?  Since it’s 3:30 here.  I should seriously think about crashing or Patti 
and all of the other animals will be up long before me and will get into 
trouble, although they sometimes get into trouble when I am awake, so who am I 

Guess we actually have a fairly good shopping list posted up in the kitchen 
too, so guess we’ll do that later today too, it’s easier during the week than 
on weekend days.Well at least at Wal-mart it is and that is where the bulk of 
this stuff will be bought at.  Might do a quick trip over to Menards too, we’ll 
see about that.  That may depend on how everybody is feeling about adding that 
stop, it’s not a have to stop there yet.  

On Aug 14, 2014, at 3:08 AM, Susan Waaga <s_waaga@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Hey Tom!  It was nice to have a facebook chat with you yesterday.  Suzi
> On Thursday, 14 August 2014 3:32 AM, Thomas McMahan <thomas.mcmahan@xxxxxxx> 
> wrote:
> Patti’s settlement had no effect on either of our SSDI.  Lawyer told us up 
> front that for her’s we didn’t need to pay any taxes.  He gave us some other 
> information too concerning what to do if those involved medically tried to 
> pursue us any farther to try to get her portion of the settlement too.  None 
> of them did though.  Neither of course is it counted in the audit I have to 
> fill out each year for SSi.  They have the info of what is in the account, 
> but they only count their money and what carries over from the previous year 
> should there be, which usually there is a little carry over.  But that also 
> is a whole different process because I am her representative payee.  
> Actually we need to get going on filling in this year’s audit.  So will need 
> to corner her sister to help me with some of that because she can read all of 
> the paperwork we have to back up our amounts should they need the actual 
> paper work.  
> Oh what a fun time of year *lol*.  Audit time!  
> On Aug 13, 2014, at 11:43 AM, Josh <lawdog911@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Is this a new member on the list?
>> Well, this morning has been spent looking for houses to rent. We need a 
>> bigger house in order to take in children who have been placed in the foster 
>> care system. I have found a potential house, but of course it has to meet 
>> the wifey’s approval. It keeps Little Man in the same school system for the 
>> most part which is a biggie, but it also gives us one extra room which gives 
>> us the room we need in order to take in other children. Now that I have done 
>> some number crunching I see where our max is on what we will pay for a 
>> rental each month. Over the last couple of days I have also done some 
>> questioning of both tax agents as well as Social Security representatives 
>> regarding the settlement that Amanda and I got for the wreck. I told the tax 
>> agent what I had found regarding tax exemptions on the internet. She took 
>> down my name and number and gave me a call back. The answer I received from 
>> the lady was that I do not have to report the money unless it was from 
>> missed work. This is the same information that I found on the internet, but 
>> I wanted to make sure so I also wanted a verbal confirmation of what I 
>> found. The first tax lady back when I first got the money told me that I 
>> needed to pay taxes on it, so I am glad that I went ahead and did my own 
>> research and didn’t settle for her answer. The next hurdle was Social 
>> Security. I poked around on the Social Security internet page, but that page 
>> is horrible if you have ever tried to find something on it. The answers are 
>> there, but finding them is the problem because I believe too much 
>> information is there. So, I left that page and just did a general Google 
>> search and found a website that I am not sure was reputable or not, but 
>> nonetheless she gave some links to some reputable websites. The websites 
>> said unless it is earned income then I do not have to report it. So, instead 
>> of just going with what some Joe Blow says I decided to give Social Security 
>> a call and wait in that massive line of callers. Unfortunately my phone was 
>> not ringing or something because I chose to get a call back, but when they 
>> called back my phone did not ring only gave me the indicator that I had a 
>> voicemail. They tried back a second time, but again my phone did not ring 
>> after I tried to fix the problem. So, the first day was a fail at talking 
>> with Social Security. The second day though I started right at 7 A.M. and 
>> got right through to a representative. I asked her if the settlement is 
>> something that would effect my benefits. She told me that if it was SSI then 
>> yes, but since I receive SSDI then I am not going to be effected at all. I 
>> am glad I did a little research and talked to the people I needed to talk 
>> to. This has been a busy last couple of days just dealing with these things. 
>> From: audio-pals-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
>> [mailto:audio-pals-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Heather H
>> Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 8:49 AM
>> To: audio-pals@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>> Subject: [audio-pals] Re: FW: VR Counselor is Horrible
>> Whatev
>> Sent from my iPhone
>> On Aug 13, 2014, at 8:33 AM, "Josh" <lawdog911@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> It has a nice ring to it. Hmmm, let me think about this for a while. I will 
>> let you know whether I plan to use Lynn from now on or not *LOL*.
>> From: audio-pals-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
>> [mailto:audio-pals-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Heather H
>> Sent: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 9:26 PM
>> To: audio-pals@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>> Subject: [audio-pals] Re: FW: VR Counselor is Horrible
>> Blah blah blah.  Don't even think of using that name mister.  You have got 
>> enough trouble without me opening a can of whoop butt on Tennessee! 
>> Sent from my iPhone
>> On Aug 12, 2014, at 9:13 PM, "Josh" <lawdog911@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Thank you for bringing attention to this there Ms. Lynn *LOL*.
>> Hi Heaver
>> From: audio-pals-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
>> [mailto:audio-pals-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Heather H
>> Sent: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 8:21 PM
>> To: audio-pals@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>> Subject: [audio-pals] Re: FW: VR Counselor is Horrible
>> Um, excuse me BethAnn, there was no call for my middle name.  How rude!  Hi 
>> Josh and Tom!  
>> Sent from my iPhone
>> On Aug 12, 2014, at 6:22 PM, "BethAnn LaPresta" 
>> <dmarc-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> (Redacted sender "bela28_02@xxxxxxxxx" for 
>> DMARC) wrote:
>> I didn't realize you were offering a good sized weekend getaway at your 
>> expense...I would really love a vacation right about now.  How about a trip 
>> to Ohio to visit Heather Lynn?
>> In all seriousness, you and I seem to attract knobheads there Joshie.  You 
>> with your schooling, me with doctors.  Oy!
>> On Tuesday, August 12, 2014 2:45 PM, Josh <lawdog911@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Well, it looked a little fishy or at least sounded a little fishy when 
>> Amanda was reading it. Sounded like he had budgeted for me to get it, but 
>> was not going to be dispersing it to me unless I needed it. Well, you know 
>> what happens to that kind of money a lot of times. Someone would be havinga 
>> good size weekened get away at my expense.
>> From: audio-pals-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
>> [mailto:audio-pals-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Thomas McMahan
>> Sent: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 5:15 PM
>> To: audio-pals@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>> Subject: [audio-pals] Re: FW: VR Counselor is Horrible
>> Makes you wonder what all they are doing with the money budgeted to them 
>> doesn’t it?  I know in most States the budget allotment for rehab is on the 
>> bottom, but it’s still pretty sizable, and at most it is frozen, not 
>> actually cut.  They are more likely to cut services.  
>> The biggest thing you’ve got on them is if you take it outside the agency.  
>> They will listen to you then because they don’t want it outside.  It’s been 
>> that way my whole life, and I’ve been around for a little while.  
>> I think you can work out the rest for when it’s necessary.  
>> On Aug 12, 2014, at 3:50 PM, Josh <lawdog911@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> The VR counselor sent me an e-mail this morning including his supervisor and 
>> he attempted to clarify what he didn’t say yesterday, but says I must have 
>> misunderstood because he was including funding to cover my textbooks. 
>> However, he didn’t touch the fact that they cover rent and dorm room 
>> expenses for students as well as meal money. He only went on to say that if 
>> for some reason the money does not come in, in a timely manner then they 
>> would definitely reimburse me. He isn’t getting the fact that he is doing 
>> this completely different from the previous two VR counselors and he refuses 
>> to provide me with any documentation regarding any changes that may have 
>> taken place.
>>     Interesting enough I found out before my previous counselor left that 
>> due to the pay that they were offering for VR counselors, my state agency, 
>> they couldn’t get anyone of any quality to take the job. This seems to be 
>> evident without her ever saying the first word. I hope and pray that he gets 
>> better in time and isn’t just there for a paycheck which it is seeming that 
>> way right now. The good news is, he thought he was being a rather smart guy 
>> by including his supervisor, but now I know who she is and have her e-mail 
>> address. So, now I will start discussing all these new apparent chages with 
>> her and see what she has to say about it if things continue to go down hill. 
>> I believe I could do his job without a degree or at least as good as he is 
>> doing anyways. Perhaps I will talk to her about taking his job *LOL* j/k.    
>> From: audio-pals-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
>> [mailto:audio-pals-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Josh
>> Sent: Monday, August 11, 2014 9:51 PM
>> To: audio-pals@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>> Subject: [audio-pals] FW: VR Counselor is Horrible
>> I have fought my VR counselor ever since he became my VR counselor. He has 
>> requested documents that no other counselor has requested, he has made 
>> incorrect statements regarding whether or not he will accept the 
>> university’s recommendation for a lighter courseload, he has tried to shut 
>> down my continuing education, and now he is messing with my money. I did 
>> gain some ground though on the continuing education because when I first 
>> started VR I told them I want to go to law school. Well, the VR counselor at 
>> the time told me that I should probably go with a lighter load, so I did. I 
>> did make her document somewhere though that I want to go to law school.  I 
>> told my second counselor the same thing and told her I may continue on with 
>> psychology. Well, it gets to this guy who thinks he is all of that and a bag 
>> of *insert your favorite chip here* *LOL* and I talked to him briefly once 
>> before regarding continuing on and he said that they would have to see, but 
>> he sounded doubtful. So, when I was talking to him seriously about it I 
>> asked him if the department was going to pay for me to continue on with a 
>> higher degree or if I am going to have to get representation to fight for 
>> it. He didn’t answer me directly and we hung up. We started discussing it 
>> off and on and he opened up the door for me to ask about law school again 
>> when he said that they cannot tell me what to do. I took the window of 
>> opportunity. The latest is I need to pick between law school and psychology 
>> and let him know by Friday. Now, a new battle has popped its ugly head up 
>> and that is him not giving me funding for my textbooks when they pay other 
>> people’s rent. He wants me to go out and purchase the 5 or 600 dollars 
>> sometimes maybe even $800 worth of textbooks each semester and then they 
>> will reimburse me for supplies and textbooks. Um, no! This has never been 
>> done this way before so I want answers as to why it is this way now other 
>> than the fact I pushed them on one battle so now they are trying to come at 
>> me from a different angle. I told them I fight enough battles on my own 
>> without having to fight the very system that is there to help me by 
>> providing the funding I need to go to school. I am hoping that I can get 
>> someone a lot better to handle this or at least make him better through 
>> prayer.
>>     For some reason though I thought when given the opportunity to go to law 
>> school I would jump on it and run, but really and truthful I am having a 
>> hard time choosing. I am actually leaning more toward mental health 
>> counselor which is completely different from what I was looking at from the 
>> get go because if I stayed with counseling and didn’t go for the law school 
>> then I wanted to do family counseling, but now the mental health counseling 
>> is appealing to me. So, now that I havea choice the turmoil has started 
>> *LOL*. Do I go for a JD or do I go for an MA in counseling.     

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