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I received an unexpected but VERY welcome phone call today from a nurse/case manager at Army Reserve Health Readiness. Long story short, I now have a P3 profile, which means I can't run anymore, and must do the 2.5 mile walk for PT tests. This automatically raises the question, "Do you want to stay in the Army, or do you want a Medical Evaluation Board?"

"The MEB, please," I said.

The reason is this. If I argue at the MEB that all my injuries and my COPD are service-related (which they are), I can be medically *retired* rather than just medically discharged. A medical retirement means I keep all my military benefits until I die. I also get to take all that paperwork to the V.A. and say, "Give my my pension."

So it's official. I am too broken to be in the Army. My Annual Training next month will be my last hurrah. I'll go to drill except for when I don't want to.

Get me out of this.

Date: 2016-04-15 03:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well, I don't think you'll take it wrong when I say congratulations on being too broken to be in the Army...!

Date: 2016-04-15 04:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Are they good about actually giving people medical retirements, or do they try to screw you out of benefits? Anything the peanut gallery can do to help?

Date: 2016-04-15 05:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Good luck with the board!

Date: 2016-04-15 08:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
congratulations on your context-specific brokenness C:

Date: 2016-04-15 09:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Good luck on the medical retirement process!

Was thinking about you today - time for the twice-yearly "not a fat girl but I play one in the Army".

Date: 2016-04-16 04:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Good luck with the board!

Whatever happened with your (maybe) psoas pain?

Date: 2016-04-19 04:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Good luck. My aunt was in the Navy and also had to leave for health reasons. She had quite a fight but did get her benefits after a lot of fighting. I will keep you in my prayers.

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