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  • Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?

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    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

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Daughter And Discharge

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Thank you for letting me be a member of this board. Long story will try to make it short. My Daughter has served for ten years, USAF. Four months ago they sent her to the Azores unaccompanied (has Husband and two small children). When they sent her there she had already been diagnosed with Depression, OCD and Thyroid of which none had been stabilized with meds. Now, 4 months later she is so bad they are sending a packet to Randolph for discharge. None of her illnesses are under control yet..... Her symptoms worsened GREATLY because she was seperated from her family...Her Thyroid is out of control. She also has Hypertension that was diagnosed in the AF.

What I need help with is what she can expect next.... what should she do to protect herself?

I really don't even know what to ask..can anyone give me some tips etc to convey to her...at this point she does seek a discharge.

Jeanette

USAF Vet

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I am going to check this out!

Thank you!!!

Respectfully,

Nichole :P

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exactly what I said if the air force gives you 52,000 the IRS is going to take back part of it for taxes as if you made it all in the same year, then the VA is going to with hold your VA SC compemsation until they collect back the 52,000 you have already been paid then you get to fight with the tax departments for Federal and or state if they take state taxes to, it just flat makes a mess out of everything. Better you get told now than to have you think you get 52,000 plus a VA check when that just isn't going to happen. Somehow the govt is going to stick you with the fickle finger of fate, my ex brother in law had to pay back 25,000......... it sucks... took him over 2 year before he collected a check and they processed his claim in 3 months he was SC for a bad back

Nicole, Testvet is absolutely correct. They will give you the $52,000 plus any paid vacation you didn't take etc but he said the IRS is going to take their part for taxes. If they do, let me know because military disability is not taxable. I have a number that will give you your taxes that were taken out back to you ASAP! They took tax out of my severence pay and had to give it back to me six months later. Unless the law has changed, and I doubt it has, you should receive the complete $52,000. Now the downfall of that is exactly what Testvet said. If they give you that lumpsum, you will not receive any monthly compensation until that amount has been recouped. I have been discharged since '98 and at a 20% SC. I am still in the negative for the next 5 years. Understand that whatever you are discharged for, the total compensation amount is for that. That is the only amount that they can touch as recoupment. If you receive service connection for anything else, they will have to pay you for the that amount. They can not recoup you for the original ailment! I know! Been there, Done that!!!

Swan :P

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Nicole, Testvet is absolutely correct. They will give you the $52,000 plus any paid vacation you didn't take etc but he said the IRS is going to take their part for taxes. If they do, let me know because military disability is not taxable. I have a number that will give you your taxes that were taken out back to you ASAP! They took tax out of my severence pay and had to give it back to me six months later. Unless the law has changed, and I doubt it has, you should receive the complete $52,000. Now the downfall of that is exactly what Testvet said. If they give you that lumpsum, you will not receive any monthly compensation until that amount has been recouped. I have been discharged since '98 and at a 20% SC. I am still in the negative for the next 5 years. Understand that whatever you are discharged for, the total compensation amount is for that. That is the only amount that they can touch as recoupment. If you receive service connection for anything else, they will have to pay you for the that amount. They can not recoup you for the original ailment! I know! Been there, Done that!!!

Swan :rolleyes:

RECOUP does not mean the VA will ask for the money back. It means the VA will not begin to issue your disability check until the money has been spent, per month. In other words, If you are rated 100%, and you get $52K lump sum, your VA check won't begin for approx. 2.3 years! Hope this helps, I'm terrible at math lol!

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Well...I should know my fate by the end of this week!

My MEB is taking place and I should know very soon, if I stay or go...keep your fingers crossed that I get my wish and get my seperation from the service and get sent home to live happily ever after with my husband and two beautiful kids that I hjaven't seen in 5 months now!

Then...I'm sure the "war" with the VA will begin! ;)

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