I finally agreed to "do something about my hearing", which is pretty awful, according to the family that mumbles at me from other rooms.. According to Penn, I have "profound high tone hearing loss". Since it is very likely that I experienced the cause of this in the Marine Corps, I decided to give the VA a try. Their website was (mostly) down, so I submitted the appropriate form to the nearest State VA office (Philadelphia) as directed.
I received a letter, acknowledging that I filed an "intent to file" and telling me to submit the proper (same form already submitted) form. I called a designated number, and eventually talked to a nice man who thanked me for my service and sincerely, I think, was trying to help.
He actually said that I"d gotten "the cart before the horse" and that the form just had not been processed yet. I should give it two or three weeks.
So, I said: "I should wait a while and call again if I don't hear anything."
He said: "Right. Give the horse a chance to catch up with the cart. Thank you for your service."
"TNT" got it. Thanks.
Hope you didn't take offense - correcting people is a bad habit that I try to avoid. But it was a fun trip down memory lane trying to reconstruct the history of TNT.