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John, our new member Tip did very well on a DRB:


The lawyer on the BVA brief of the BVA case I posted is Samuel M. Tumey, Attorney-at-

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http://www.martindale.com/Samuel-Murry-Tumey/1022750-lawyer.htm

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I was granted 10% for schizophrenia effective to the day after discharge. My question has been did I develop this disorder the day I got out of service. The Army had discharged me for a Personality Disorder, of course. I only had 8 months until my regular discharge. I did file within one year of discharge. My CUE was about the low ball rating I got (10%) when I could not even leave the house for 6 months. Schizophrenia at that time (1973) was a waste basket sort of DX by the VA. If you were suffering from any combat stress disorder or anything else that they did not understand you got a Schizophrenia DX. When I described my symptoms they just looked at me like "your nuts". I wasn't nuts but it took years to figure it out. Stress and anxiety disorders can look like crazy behavior but they are not.

The Army shrink was prescribing anti-psychotic meds for me just prior to discharge, but he would not release his out-patient records even to the military. So I have no access to them. I had been in a military mental hospital for two months prior to my last assignment. I was so dumb and brainwashed I wanted to go back on duty. They let me and immediately things went downhill. I was ashamed of my symptoms as who wants to think they are crazy. This worked right into their hands , so they could fit me up for a quick PD discharge. Thing is I had been in service for 28 months and they only discovered the PD when I began to see the shrink on a regular basis. This is water under the bridge now.

John

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John, have you considered contacting your senior sentator's office and asking for assistance? That's Bill Nelson, right? According to his website, he's the senior member of the Armed Services Committee and is in a perfect spot to help you address this issue with the Department of the Army.

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    • Enough has been said on this topic. This forum is not the proper forum for an attorney and former client to hash out their problems. Please take this offline
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    • I took a look at your documents and am trying to interpret what happened. A summary of what happened would have helped, but I hope I am interpreting your intentions correctly:


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