Time to hang it up

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TBI in 2003, IED in a HMWWV, back then no one heard of TBI, so no treatment. If you could get up and stagger off, you did. So I moved out and went on to Tikrit. Mission went on, so I am told. Frankly I don't recall most of the next 6 months. My memory is still shot. Compensate with a notebook. That was the last top block OER I received. The migraines are dibiliating and my ability to focus and remember is simply not there. I was crushed yesterday when my boss counseled me with 4 bullets of vague things I do well and a page and a half of what I have forgotten or been confused on. I told him when I arrived I had the handicap and why. It is time to retire. Half of what he had on there was not really true, he is just a very vindictive man. likes dressing me down in front of the section, I am the deputy. This is my 5th deployment. I have 22 years active duty, so it is time to retire. This one has crushed me.

Anonymous

Are you rated for disability on the PTSD and the TBI?


 


I'm rated at 60% right now and I don't miss civilian work at all.  I haven't recieved the first decision on the PTSD rating yet but that's understandable since the first appointment I can get is in 5 weeks. I filed for it but I waited 2 years to start the process.  I've been being treated by a civ outfit because I was told initially that it could be 3months before my first appointment.  This is not medical care worth waiting 30years to earn.


 


Either way I think you should be thinking about yourself here.  What benefits do you miss if you don't do 8 more years?  I don't know if they still do it but my father served 30 and the fed deducts his disability payments from his retirement so he might as well have gone home at 20.  100% medical at 30yrs is an attractive benefit but you'll get that for the rated disabilities anyway.


 


There's certainly no shame in hanging it up after what you've done for your country.  As far as your rater is concerned, it doesn't sound like you'll be able to teach him leadership skills or anything.  His methods,if he even has any in mind,are counterproductive or you wouldn't be bothered by it.  You should be inspired by a leader.


 


Get your satisfaction about your duty from yourself.  Be your own rater.  Look at it honestly. Does your duty satisfy you?  In the end that's what you get from it.  It's your rating that counts for anything once the dust settles and it's finished.  Can you see yourself as being more proud of your service if you have 8 more years?  Do you see yourself getting the care you need and healing yourself now?  If you are getting the treatment you need and the time you need to see to it properly while still serving you are the first person I know to be allowed that.  That's what is important. 


 


 

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Anonymous

Are you rated for disability on the PTSD and the TBI?


 


I'm rated at 60% right now and I don't miss civilian work at all.  I haven't recieved the first decision on the PTSD rating yet but that's understandable since the first appointment I can get is in 5 weeks. I filed for it but I waited 2 years to start the process.  I've been being treated by a civ outfit because I was told initially that it could be 3months before my first appointment.  This is not medical care worth waiting 30years to earn.


 


Either way I think you should be thinking about yourself here.  What benefits do you miss if you don't do 8 more years?  I don't know if they still do it but my father served 30 and the fed deducts his disability payments from his retirement so he might as well have gone home at 20.  100% medical at 30yrs is an attractive benefit but you'll get that for the rated disabilities anyway.


 


There's certainly no shame in hanging it up after what you've done for your country.  As far as your rater is concerned, it doesn't sound like you'll be able to teach him leadership skills or anything.  His methods,if he even has any in mind,are counterproductive or you wouldn't be bothered by it.  You should be inspired by a leader.


 


Get your satisfaction about your duty from yourself.  Be your own rater.  Look at it honestly. Does your duty satisfy you?  In the end that's what you get from it.  It's your rating that counts for anything once the dust settles and it's finished.  Can you see yourself as being more proud of your service if you have 8 more years?  Do you see yourself getting the care you need and healing yourself now?  If you are getting the treatment you need and the time you need to see to it properly while still serving you are the first person I know to be allowed that.  That's what is important. 


 


 

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