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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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I separated from active duty service in the Air Force with in 2010 and had undiagnosed non-combat military connected PTSD with alcohol use in remission (According to my VA disability paperwork which puts me at 50% for ptsd.) This was granted the beginning of last year. I recently put in to have my discharge upgraded to honorable from general and have yet to hear back from them. (E-benefits say maybe I'll hear about it early February 2018.)

There were a few selfmedicated incidents with alcohol that happened while I was active duty that resulted in going into a civilian rehabilitation facility, a perscription to an antidepressant, and a lot of suicidal ideation I recently admitted in my paperwork to the review board that I was afraid to admit to my command because they would do things like write someone up for a sunburn (destruction of government property), or purposefully keep spouses apart by writing one up for something they didn't do and keep them from going during their significant others' PCS (because someone else did it to them for five years and "they turned out fine"(There was no way to prove otherwise.)).

I was recently reading about medical retirement from the military. It's a little confusing. I was wondering if there was a way to submit for reconsideration and medically retire from the military after separation?

 

 

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There is a way to appeal your discharge character but you must go before the BCMR.   They are not appellant friendly.  You probably need a lawyer.  I tried it within one year after discharge and went to Discharge Review Board and got my general changed to Honorable.  When you deal with BCMR it is a different world.  The assumption is you got exactly what you deserved.  No benefit of doubt or duty to assist that I know of in those cases.  They were arrogant, high handed ands nasty to me.  My service connection was effective one day after discharge, but I lost at BCMR.     What would honorable get you besides General Under Honorable?  You will need to prove a mistake was made when you got discharged.  Did you get general under honorable conditions.?  There was a vet here who got their honorable changed to medical with pension.  He is the only one I know that ever did it.

 

 

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They gave me General Under Honorable Conditions when I was discharged. (Two months before I was supposed to non-voluntarily separate early as Honorable (Due to troop cutbacks. I submitted a copy of the preseparation paperwork saying Honorable to them as well)) I heard or read somewhere a while ago about getting education benefits back if the discharge is upgraded to Honorable, but the person upgraded still has to apply with the VA to verify eligibility. I was hoping for that or maybe medical. The internet doesn't say a lot about medical discharges other than the process to get one as an active duty member.

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  Like I say you will probably need a lawyer if you have to deal with Board of Corrections of Military Records.  They are mean and nasty and don't give a rat's ass about you, MF6.  I experienced it with them.  They lied and screwed me over in every way possible.  If you had appealed your discharge within I think it is three years it would have probably been easier.  You must prove your discharge was in error.   You probably signed something saying you agreed to take the General under Honorable and they will use that like a confession to a murder.   I am sure you were F'ed over but you must prove it.

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