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OPM, Title V and Title 38 in contradiction


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I have a Federal job.  When I was hired, my time in the military was used to establish my leave and sick leave and Federal retirement date (i am retired from the military in 2003).  That was five years ago.  As of last week, OPM is disallowing my time in the military.  The only time they will consider, is when a campaign or badge was involved e.g. Southwest Asia, and others.  My dd214 shows these campaigns without dates.  OPM wants the exact dates for each.  

The VA rated me at 90% in 2016.  I retired without a medical or dental exam.  I have to provide proof to OPM my disability was not on service connected, but occurred during a campaign.  My Federal records show me as retired from the military and having 30% / 10 pt preference for service connected disabilities.  OPM wants proof from "DoD".

Any suggestions?

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Maybe.  

First, make no mistake.  VA is not the paternalistic, claimant friendly, non adversarial "big brother to Vets", they try to pretend to be.  

However, ebenefits does have "letters" you can print out, that serves as "proof" for many different official purposes.  Im pretty sure you need a "premium" ebenefits account for this, which, at least unless its been changed, required "in person" authentication.  

For me to get my in person authentication, I simply went to my local VAMC, and was directed to the librarian there, who checked my id and "authenticated" me, in person.  

If you already have an ebenefits/vets.gov account, go to "letters", and select which letter you wish to print out, print it, and offer it as "proof".  Often a dd214 serves as proof also.  

Occassionally some different proof may be required, but the VA is "charged" to provide services to the Veteran, and is reponsible to verify our military service, if any, as well as "weed out" wannabe's or frauds seeking VA benefits without the requisite military service.    Occassionally, these frauds sneak through the system and get benefits, but this is usually some type of inside job, where a VA employee is an active participant of the fraud.  Here is one such fake "Veteran".  https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2018/06/28/this-man-never-served-but-got-nearly-200000-in-va-benefits/

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