Believe the issue was poster had indicated no intent to pursue further study or work so your comment that education "will entitle you to more income per month" I believe to be false. A fixed pension is a fixed pension. Only if he finds employment would the education be useful and as stated getting that education in the USA would likely be much more cost effective - especially if employed there.
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Posted 2013-06-03 22:09:07
I am former miltary, BTW the US is not the only miltary in the world, the subject under debate has very little to do with the military anyway US or otherwise...the OP has finished one part of his life and now is starting a new phase in his life....he has 40 years + ahead of him and needs to figure out what to do and Thailand may or may not figure in these plans
Posted 2013-06-03 22:09:14
have a look at the Philippines definitely cheaper to live in and easier and cheaper Visa options
Posted 2013-06-03 22:11:52
one could suggest Cambodia as well
Posted 2013-06-03 22:13:04
soothsayers of gloom and doom only show where there mindset is, Thailand is anything you want to make of it. Everyday people ask me how you doing? I reply another day in paradise!!! I have a friend here special forces ranger or something like that about your age with 2 tours in Iraq he has been here 3 years writing a book. When you get here contact the VFW or contact us through the Chiang Mai VFW website and we will help you get situated. No problemooooooo............
Posted 2013-06-03 22:17:34
Where is the glooming and dooming in any of these posts to date ?...all I have seen is good practical advice and people suggesting the OP plans for the future
Posted 2013-06-03 22:19:09
Yes, I'm former USA military, I'm also from Illinois so I get 36 months of free tuition at a state school. And you do realize that my $1500 a month is us dollars right? I find it hard to believe that I can't live off of that in Thailand when I can live off that in the states easily.
Posted 2013-06-03 22:19:12
Retired at age 33 I would assume you have a military disability retirement. In which case you would be able to receive medical benefits for your disability through the VA via the FMP program. If you have full medical coverage through Tri-care then they will pay 75% of your medical bills.
If you have a college degree you could supplement your income by teaching English but to begin with I would use your GI education bill to attend one of the universities such as Payap as Jarhead suggested.
Go to the Chiang Mai VFW website at http://www.vfw-chiangmai.com/ and contact one of the post officers for more information, you don't to be a member as we offer help to all veterans member or not. We have at least a couple of guys in the same situation as you, recently medically retired and living here on their pension. You PM me if you like.
Posted 2013-06-03 22:19:13
PM the guy and get him over for couple of months in your area and lead him around all the good and bad.
After that he can go back to the states and have a good think.
Posted at the same time as you.
Edited by overherebc, 2013-06-03 22:20:12.
Posted 2013-06-03 22:31:45
Yes you can live off $1500/month, (Fully aware your talking about the North American peso.. ) No one has said you cant, but this is today...if you dont do anything else with your life can you say you can live of $1500/m in 10 or 15 years time either in the US or Thailand ?.....one suspects you will not be able to...Thailand is getting expensive and have seen this over the 12 years I have been here
If your getting 36 months free tuition in the US then use it...
Posted 2013-06-03 22:39:39
Thank you all for the replies. I really appreciate the diverse answers. It gives me quite a bit to think about.
Posted 2013-06-03 22:45:52
Nice to see the US veterans coming to the aid of a newbie and posting accurate, friendly advice. It was quite bizarre to see several long-term members acting like Thailand was so expensive and the exclusive domain of those with white hair on their balls. Those that equate their experience in Thailand as being the only standard of assessment do this forum a disservice IMHO. It is not up to us to decide if the OP has any hope of living HIS OWN experiences and dreams, particularly in this case when most have absolutely no knowledge of how the US supports those who have served.
Well done and thanks.
Posted 2013-06-03 22:51:27
There's a very active Bangkok Mountain Bike H3 with once-monthly out-station rides.
There may also be one in Chiang Mai, maybe there's a member on this forum.
If Chiang Mai is your initial destination, surf and search that local sub-forum for answers.
Posted 2013-06-03 22:56:39
I for one dont have white hair on my balls and yes Thailand has become expensive and still fail to see what milatary angle has to do with this question per se...the OP has stated the savings he has, his monthly income and his age, and his intention to do nothing in Thailand except ride his bike, so the advice i have seen posted would equally apply to someone who hasnt been in any miltary US or otherwise
the one thing I do agree with in your post...everyone to their own, let him find out his own way
Posted 2013-06-03 23:05:22
Gotta be honest....$40k and a pension is not enough to live happily ever after here, in my opinion! Just being realistic!
Posted 2013-06-03 23:11:01
Be careful making statements like this...you will have certain members accusing of having white hairs on your balls in a minute...
Posted 2013-06-03 23:19:40
My suggestion would be, bring $10k and your pension, give it a go! Don't hang everything on it, get over here, learn a bit about Thai's and the culture....it's not all a bed of roses over here, but then again, every day I wake up with the sun shining, it does feel good even after 5 years.
Whatever you do, don't get hooked up on a beautiful Thai girl as soon as you step off the plane...take your time! Yes, I have the T-Shirt!
Edited by kjhbigv, 2013-06-03 23:24:08.
Posted 2013-06-03 23:22:58
Just based on personal experience!
Posted 2013-06-03 23:33:50
Does the pension increase with inflation, if not, it simply isn't enough money long term.Nothing to do with Thailand being expensive or not, simply the value of money over time..and at 33 it will hopefully be a long time.
Good that the military can supply such useful help and that there are individuals out there prepared to help.
All in all the op is in a good position..
I came here at 22 and am still here in my mid fifties , so I would come over, get the help offered and then make an educated decision.
Posted 2013-06-04 01:39:36
with 40k savings and 1500...you are FINE. well....... ok, anyhow, chiang mai is the best mountain biking in Thailand. doi suthep has lots of trails, but can get pretty muddy in the rainy season (d'uh). near wat phrasing is a "big" mountain bike shop. at the entrance, go south about 1 block on the east corner. easy. talk to them. if not, just explore the trails. head up the main road, past doi suthep, past the palace by about another mile and BEFORE you drop in to doi poi....get off and pick a trail.
ok, 1500 USD. grab a place for 300 a month, get internet for 300 baht, and just go with the flow. chiang mai is about the cheapest in Thailand, so if not chiang mai....Thailand doubtful. good luck finding good mtn biking in Cambodia, laos or Burma.
you don't have to read anymore.......lol. good luck. my dad was in WWII and still alive.
disclaimer: try not to hook up with a thai girl too early, since that is an easy way to double the budget. spend 3 months understanding the bar girl, university and professional woman mentality. figure out their games, talk to expats about it....tell them all you are broke. assume they are all playing a game, but of course they are not. don't buy a house with a thai woman, ever. and then......bingo.....hopefully you find the right one. she does exist, but will likely not be the first one you meet. smiling might mean, "hello, do you have cash?" or "I love your ATM". haha. good luck.
Posted 2013-06-04 02:16:50
Don't think twice. Come to Thailand and start in on studying the Thai language, even if you may not be interested in reading newspapers in the local lingo, a couple of years of Thai is what you need as soon as you arrive to make your time much more enjoyable.
Where ever you go, make every attempt to learn the language one of your highest priorities.
Just my advice to anyone, and thought it might also be useful here.
Thailand is great and worth the effort to work out any bugs in your plan to stay.
Posted 2013-06-04 07:22:24
may i know how long does the $1500 usd ./mo pension last?
i suggest you go semi-retire mode..
take up a english teaching course so that you can teach english in thailand as a backup income.. (most foreigners do that)
Posted 2013-06-04 08:21:38
submit a benefits claim with VA for IU which will get at the 100% pay rate and while at it apply SSDI with social security and if approved both will mean another $3,000 a month income. You need to get with an VSO and have them explain this to you. AT a 70% VA rating you might qualify.
Posted 2013-06-04 08:36:16
Hello Antomine, Welcome to Thailand. I used my VA benefits at Payap University graduated with a BBA in International Business Management. I'm doing my MBA there now.
If you convert your benefits over to the Post 911 GI Bill, the VA will pay for your tuition at Payap University and give you an overseas housing allowance ($1,368 per month) during the semesters you are enrolled in. You will also get an annual stipend ($1,000) for books. Last time I checked, most people were able to extend the Post 911 GI Bill an extra year, myself included.
The source for all this information is here.
Since I'm not a sponsor of ThaiVisa it would be inappropriate for me to comment on the types of programs that are available at Payap University openly. If you want more information please send me a private message and I will fill you in with the details.