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Possibly Moving To Thailand

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I do have a service connected disability I am rated at 70%. I served in Iraq and Afghanistan. I have been doing a bit of research on my own and I do believe I will be heading to Thailand within the year. If I don't like it, or its a tad bit too expensive I can always leave, so why not try it out for a few years? It would be an amazing experience.

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As former marine and a member of our local Chiang Mai VFW I am inclined to be of support to a former member of the military establishment, in fact I have a few friends who are using their military educational benefits to work on their degrees at Payap University which in return will entitle you to more income per month to help support you. If you are a former combat veteran with a rated disability our VFW service officer will assist you in setting up your medical care through a local hospital where the hospital will bill the VA through the FOREIGN MEDICAL PROGRAM. There is a lot of ways to stay here so don't believe everything you read on here. Oooooo did I mention there is a lot of good universities here in Chaing Mai and Thailand. Feel free to ask away, and if necessary I will try and give you my email for personal questions.

Ok this is all well and good and lets suppose he studies at a CM/Thai university for a few years....then what ? and what shouldnt he be believing on what has been written to date...as far as i can see its all been very sensible advice

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As for my next career move, my job within the military doesn't exactly translate to the civilian world so I would definitely need education.

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if you were a former military person you would know the educational benefits available to him would pay for a lot of education, nothing personal, but are you former USA military?

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As for my next career move, my job within the military doesn't exactly translate to the civilian world so I would definitely need education.

Well could I suggest you do your education in the US, one assumes the US miltary would pay for it or at least get some grants towards paying for it for the most part what you would get in Thailand education wise wouldnt be worth much in the outside world

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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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if you were a former military person you would know the educational benefits available to him would pay for a lot of education, nothing personal, but are you former USA military?

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

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have a look at the Philippines definitely cheaper to live in and easier and cheaper Visa options

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have a look at the Philippines definitely cheaper to live in and easier and cheaper Visa options

one could suggest Cambodia as well

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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............

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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............

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

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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.

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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.

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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............

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.

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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.

Yes you can live off $1500/month, (Fully aware your talking about the North American peso..wink.png ) 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...

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Thank you all for the replies. I really appreciate the diverse answers. It gives me quite a bit to think about.

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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.

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Also, are there any mountain biking expats?

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.

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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.

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

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