Hey, I actually know this one!
If you have direct deposit, the bank will convert it to Canadian currency when
it is deposited (if it's a canadian bank). Of course, you can still use a US
bank, you just have to worry about currency conversions when you spend it.
As for the medical care, you'll have to coordinate that with the nearest US VA
hospital to you. I'm a disbaled vet and I live really far away from theh VA
hospital. They issued some kind of card that I'm supposed to be using locally
to get my medical care. It's good for a certain amount per month and the
clinic or hospital you see is supposed to bill them directly so you have to
make sure they'll accept that as payment before you go. (I just use my
husbands health insurance, less hassle). Mine has specific conditions that I
can use it for but I don't know if they all do.
Go to the "Fee Based Services" Department at the nearest VA hospital and they
can explain things to you better and get everything set up. If the vet is
still of whatever status that requires him/her to go in every few years for an
evaluation though, you'll have to do that travelling. but they reimburse you
for that part.
I *really* want to move to New Zealand, but I can't talk DH into it. He blames
it on me, but I know he just doesn't want to go.
Time is the best teacher; unfortunately it kills all its students.
Semper Gumby! - Always Flexible!