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LizR

Military Dr. states medically retired but I am not.

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 I am not sure what to do about this or if I should do anything. I was discharged for panic disorder in 1985.

I received severance pay and told to go to the VA. I never met an AF medical Board nor had an  AF. Medical Exam. I was at admitted 

William Beaumont Army Hospital in TX. That was the closest hospital to deal with my panic attacks. Plus the 5 different drugs that the AF had me on that I needed detoxed to make me able to function. I went through terrible withdrawal and had a stroke or Bells Palsy. No mention in my medical records. The Army doctor was scared he did wrong not slowly getting me off the prescribed medications. Abruptly did me damage. 

Anyway...no help found for me so the army medical board said I need to be discharged. I went back to Davis Monthan for discharge. Had no physical. Just stayed home 3 weeks til my discharge. I received 20k severance and told to go to the VA.

I did go to the VA and spent 5 months there. Applied for VA benefits at Palo Alto VA in CA. through the DAV.(1985 and part of 1986)

Discharged from hospital Feb of 1986. Moved to New Mexico. Sought out VA Rep. to continue claim. Moved in 1986(Nov. to Rochester New York.).  Was so messed up on prescribed  medications did not ask for records to be sent from New Mexico. I was house bound but worked through it with help from VA.  Do not know how I was found but received letter I was granted 70% s/c and got a little back pay.

To make a long story short. My Rochester New York  VA doctor did not want me working although I did last 3 years at the Post Office and 6 years as a veteran Rep. for the Dept. of Labor. He said I worked when I shouldn't and others do not want to work when they should. He demanded I stop to care for myself. I did and received P/T IU at the 80 percent rate. (Since 1998).

I recently received records from St. Louis that I requested . I have at least 6 other s/c issues that I never filed a claim for. Anyway I do not want to rock the boat but wanted to have the documentation just in case IU is taken away at this late date. I am almost at 20 years.

In this batch of paper work  from St. Louis I see that my Air force doctor in 1985 said he recommended TDRL and that I WAS MEDICALY RETIRED.  I never knew that. Could that be true and I was severanced instead by mistake? I had a total of 13 years with prior service. Should I be concerned at this point as I receive 100% compensation benefits through the VA.?   

Any input appreciated. Not sure if I am in the correct forum for this topic. Thank you.

Elizabeth

USAF-IDMT

IU P/T

 

 

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Thank you for taking your time to write all this information. Much appreciated.

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