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Hello all.  I’m just starting a med board after 23 years active duty Army and am looking to get smart on establishing my VA claim.  Like many I have a bucket full of medical problems.  Any suggestions on what guides I should be reading or what I should be doing to set myself up well would be appreciated.  Thanks much!

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Make sure your Discharge Certificate lists your medical issues.

Dont leave without a complete copy of your SMRs, and ask for a copy of your 201 file too . ( inservice personnel file)

Do you have a PEBLO assigned to help you? 

Dont miss any of the transition briefings-one will be about the VA claims process and they will have at least one vet rep there. Often a claim can be filed via a vet rep before your discharge date-as I understand it.

The VA briefing ( my daughter  ,vet-USAF Intel -who knew the VA problems her dad had, and then I had as his widow with the VA) 

told me the VA briefing sure doesn't come close to how miserable the system can be, and they actually were going to charge the soon -to -be -Vets there 5 bucks for the VA  booklet, but gave it to them instead.

Still that briefing is important- but the best help ,after you muster out, will probably be here at hadit!

Are you familar with the CRDP/ CRSC program? They should cover that during the transition briefings.

If not I will give you a link.

Dont leave without contact info for any of your Mil buddies- one never knows when a Buddy statement might be needed to help prove a claim.

THANK YOU for those LONG years in service you have given to the GREAT US ofA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

One other thing- maybe this will not apply to you- but might help someone else here, 

my daughter worked at NSA for the Mil, and then applied for a job there as a civilian when she was discharged. She had saved a good amount of money to get her through the waiting process, but was actally ashamed to apply for Unemployment comp- but Mommy kept pestering her to do that.

All she could think of was the movie "The Full Monty "and how many people had to stand in long lines and she felt she would be begging for money----BUT finally she went to the Unemployment place-and was shocked- they treat recently discharged veterans differently than civilians, and she was very happy to get the unemployment comp-because her savings were running low-she was not one to ask Mom for $$$ help.

NSA was the only job she applied for  and the only job she ever wanted and she was home here in NY when the DOD called here  and told her she had been hired! 

She just got her 20 years Federal Service  pin because she bought back her Military time years ago .

My long point is that I believe UCC (Unemployment comp) is still available to any discharged veteran, even if they have a job offer as my daughter did,from DOD.

One other BIG thing-

My daughter had also tied up with the USAF educational department and received MANY college credits towards her degree ,that were from her time in the AF. She was a Vietnamese linquist.

One of my former POA vet reps  also was a linquist, Top Secret clearance like her, but  he had put off getting his college  credits resolved while still in the AF and regretted that many times, because there was a deadline to having that process resolved. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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https://www.dfas.mil/retiredmilitary/disability/payment.html

If you click on the buttons to the left of this page it will give more details on CRSC and CRDP.

 

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This interests me. My concern, if I were you, is will I get military retirement via DFAS for my 23 years and concurrent receipt for your ailments via the VA? Two incomes are better than one.

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