VA Eligibility Letter Postmortem

VA letter addressed to my dad on November 1, 2008: “According to records of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), you were stationed in the Republic of Vietnam during your military service.” The letter goes on to tell my father all about disability compensation he may be eligible for. Great! Just one problem:

Veterans Memorial Park

Last week was the anniversary of my dad’s death. 3 years have passed since I last saw him. I can still hear his voice and how he always answered the phone, “Hi, Hon” whenever I called; his number is still saved on my cell phone.