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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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krysrock

Disability Retirement

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I am requiring do I qualify for disability retirement. While attending my PTSD group at the VA, a fellow veteran was telling me about he was qualified for military retirement ( His status: {T&P under 20 years served}) In our group we do not talk about what happen while in the military, we just focus on coping skills and learn from each other how to be stronger and make it thru day by day. So he said I should qualify for it also. After coming home and googleing disability retirement I came upon this article in navy times. (http://www.navytimes.com/careers/retiremen...ement_2007hbml/ )

QUOTE FROM ARTICLE:

Permanent disability

Service members officially rated at least 30 percent permanently disabled, according to guidelines, are entitled to disability retirement pay from the Defense Department. To qualify, they must have spent at least eight years in the military, or the disability must have been incurred in the line of duty.”

My Status: Serve 11 years in the Army. I got out the military in 1997 without going thru a Medical Evaluation Board (MEB), or Physical Evaluation Board (PEB). Just got out because I could not lead soldiers no more because of issue I done and saw. I started trying to live a normal live, got a doe job and was let go because it was hard to adjust to civilian life. I thought if was because I did not have education. So I went to college to better myself. Went two quarters and had to drop out because I started having bad dreams and could not cope with life. They put me into a VA mental ward where I learned about PTSD. After years of VA in house programs, homeless, halfway housings etc. I was awarded TDIU and then T&P disability.

If I qualify. How do I apply.

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It seems you would not qualify for Disability retirement, since you are no longer part of the Armed Services. Your best bet is to get 100% from the VA for you PTSD. The key to the entire thing isn't jsut getting service connected, but rather the severity of your symptoms. I hope this helps.

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Well krysrock's profile already shows 100 % SC.

carlie

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From 1997 you had a choice to accept VA comp or retirement pay. This was before CRDP.

Your profile shows 100 percent.

Is that schedular or is it IU.

J

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You might request a medical retirement although your time for this is running long. I don't believe you can get a medical retirement pension and VA compensation at the same time if you did not complete your 20 years. You might be able to get Tricare but you have to go before a Discharge Review Board. If you are going to do it you need to do it pretty quick. After 15 years from discharge it becomes almost impossible.

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He says that he is already 100% and P&T, so, as usual, I'm not understanding the question, or maybe I'm not understanding the reason for the question? :rolleyes:

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