Scott. If I may, I'd like to take this a bit further. A while back I asked about a move to Costa Rica and we're still awaiting a slow house market now to sell and hopefully proceed. My question is a simple one.
Say you have a pension from your union, marked PPD for years, and then finally enter a part time job after 5 years, thus entering the work force, one you suggest I never left voluntarily due to the disability pension. However, during this time, your artificial lower back gets worst, you need to increase the morphine and valium, and the doctor advises you to stop what you are doing? To take this further, the first part time job suddenly has a state ordered physical agility test, one you of course fail as it is marine corp like, and is recored as such by state tester. You then find another part time job, same field of sitting...realizing now, that all these jobs are far below my AWW forumla and have no effect on the 400 per week, you now find the second job requires far longer continued sitting then expected, and this is WAY too painful a situation, as the doctor agrees this is too long.
My question is basic.
Would I need to NOW continue to look for work, despite the disability pension involuntary aspect, or since I have attempted to work and have done so for a few years, am I now in the have to look for work forever situation?
I ask this because, in Costa Rica, you are by law, not allowed to work, until you are there for two years and are able to become a citizen.
You suggested I simply get a job there on the last post, and upon further research, I discovered you are not able to work by law. Costa Rica is a place that offers cheap, very cheap...home help, and with my back in it's condition, getting to the floor for any task is a EXTREMELY difficult and painful. This alone makes this a great possible area to settle forever.
So, to recap this....with the doctors note telling me a no go on what I'm doing, am I now required to look for work despite the union disability pension, and if so....would that effect my move to costa rica in a way that suggests, I can't?