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I am new to the forum. I am hoping for a little advice from some of you with knowledge on the subject. I seperated from the USAF in 2003 due to depression. I became a police officer on the outside since that's all I had done. In 2005 I was awarded 30% SC for depression. In February of 2011 i was hospitlized for suicidal ideations and lost my ablility to be a police officer and was reassigned. Now I am 50% for Major depression and 70% combined. Things have gotten much worse and I fear I am going to lose my job due to days missed. It is also causing my marriage to fail. I am serverely depressed and in a constant state of panic/anxiety. I would appreciate any guidance i can get on what my next steps should be. I currently do not have any active claims.

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I guess that shouldn't be my biggest worry now. I'm probably going to lose my job anyway.

If you put in for FMLA - they aren't supposed to be able to let you go.

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Does the department offer any type of sick benefits, or do you have any sick leave? Do they offer a disability pension? I know that not all agencies do, but we're not always aware of what could be available. When I became unable to do my job, I was able to go on sick leave for my remaining leave, then went on leave without pay for some time, pending a disability retirement. It is difficult due to finances, but if you feel like you will be losing your job, I hope that you can research whatever may be available through them, also. Meanwhile, some in-depth treatment would be very helpful in getting you that additional help for the depression.

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Thank you all so much for the advice. I have an appointment with my provider set up. I am going to submit my FMLA paperwork and we are going to decide the best course of action to take. I am going to apply for FERS retirement since i work for a federal agency. I know that could take a while so it will just be a waiting game. I have one question for those with knowledge of the subject. Does a person have to be unemployed to apply for IU? That was another option I was informed of. I just want to know all of the options I have available.

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I don't have personal experience with IU/TDIU but here is a link "General Information on IU Claims" M21-1RM, Part 4, Subpart ii, Chapter 2, Section F from the VA that may help answer your question until someone more knowledgeable comes along : http://www.benefits....2/ch02_secf.doc

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