The first answer was pretty easy. The question was How will the education this money provides change your life? Basically I said that, given the uncertainty with regard to my husband's career, I am finding it necessary to go back to school in case I need to be the one to financially support my family. Being granted this scholarship would help defray the cost of doing so and alleviate additional burden.
The second question was more in depth: Essay (300-500 words): When you became a military spouse you were immediately eligible for health care through the military. What do you like the most about the health care you are receiving as a military family member? What do you like least? What would you recommend to change it?
Tricare has been a blessing in our lives and I see it as an enormous benefit to military life, especially in these trying times. My civilian friends are either paying exorbitant amounts of money for their health insurance or they have none.
Tricare has many aspects to it that I like. I enjoy the fact that I have access to some of the best health care in the world with just a phone call. I like the fact that I can usually be seen in 24 hours or less and that making an appointment is quite simple. Additionally, if I cannot be seen or if I simply have a question, I like that I can call the triage nurse/advice line and speak with a nurse practitioner over the phone. More often than not, this is all that is needed to address my family's health care concerns. Should more in-depth care be necessary, I've rarely had trouble accessing it. Should that care be necessary after normal working hours, we have access to urgent care or the Emergency Room, all of which is usually covered by Tricare.
However, like any other bureaucracy, Tricare has its limitations. Access to care can be limited and appointment slots can be difficult to come by. For us, it is rare that we are able to see our Primary Care Manager without a lengthy wait. Routine appointments must often be scheduled months in advance due to limited appointment availability.
The same goes for specialty care. For example, my husband injured his rotator cuff and it was almost two months before he could get in to have an MRI done on his shoulder. Part of this was due to the fact that access to the MRI is limited and part of this was due to the fact that the doctor overseeing his care was either unable or unwilling to schedule the MRI until the x-rays had been analyzed and a follow-up appointment had been completed. Common sense would have dictated that the MRI could have been scheduled prior to the follow up, in the interest of saving time and preventing further discomfort.
In order to rectify this problem, I would suggest that Tricare hire more medical personnel (and possibly offset this additional cost by implementing a small co-pay for routine and non-urgent care visits) and relax their off-post referral guidelines. Implementing a small co-pay for routine and non-urgent care visits would also help cut down on the number of "no-shows" and help eliminate waste due to missed appointments.
All in all, Tricare is a wonderful benefit to military life and my family is thankful we are covered by it.
So we'll see if I'm selected. I'm not holding my breath but it would be a welcome surprise.
School is going well for the most part. I'm slammed at the moment thanks to my Anatomy professor dropping a group project in our laps with a whopping 2 weeks until the due date. Gee, thanks. It's an online lecture course so it's not like we can meet one day over lunch and pound this out. Grr. I'm not a fan of group projects in the first place. I tend to fall in the "if you want it done right, do it yourself" category. But it is what it is. This week holds two big tests plus two quizzes, a pretty in-depth lab, and two other group projects so I'm slammed. What IS it with professors and group projects? Last I checked *I* am the one paying for my schooling and doing my own studying. Let me do my own work please.
Can you tell I was raised an only child?
On that note, I'm off to study the ins and outs of ossification (bone formation). As interesting at Nursing may be, I wonder if I'd be better off just going after my EMT certification instead. But I'm taking my friend RSM's advice and going with nursing. For now. I'm hoping it's just the impatience talking and nothing more. But I'm being pulled in so many directions these days that I worry that I'm literally not up to it.
ugh. Self-doubt. Not something I usually indulge in. Forgive me.